As zero-budget films about disaffected youth go, Juan Sebastian Mesa’s Los Nadie (The Nobodies) is one of the more engaging. Shot in glorious black-and-white, the picture portrays a group of teenagers who busk for change on the streets of Medellín, Colombia — including showing off some wicked juggling moves — as they prepare to leave on a road trip away from their current lives. Their sweetly motley crew includes the neck-tattooed Ana (Maria Angélica Puerta), a child of a religious family who’s often referred to as “Blondie”; scooter aficionado Camilo (Alejandro Pérez Ceferino); Manu (Maria Camila Castrillón), far more blonde than Blondie; and the sensitive Pipa (Luis Felipe Álzate), who plays in a punk band and is Blondie’s sorta-kinda boyfriend. A film of observation and human moments with a cast that’s remarkably natural for being rank amateurs, it would be a stretch to imply that there’s any intentional geopolitical commentary in Los Nadie beyond its criticisms of Medellín culture. That said, it’s notable that their plan to find where they belong doesn’t involve traveling north — and they’re already about as far north as you can get in South America before hitting either Panama or the Caribbean — but rather south, first to Ecuador and eventually Argentina. The promise of America isn’t always found above the equator.
Los Nadie (The Nobodies)
Opens Friday at the Roxie Theater.