Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 18, 2021 } Playhouse Square

Life and Nothing More


Year: 2017
Country: SPAIN, USA
Run Time: 113 minutes

Life and Nothing More
Life and Nothing More
Life and Nothing More

In small-town Florida, Andrew is on the brink of adulthood—trying to stay out of trouble, but sometimes tempted by his peers into bad decisions. His mother, a hard-working single parent whose schedule doesn’t always allow for supervision, is angry at him for his latest mistake, which landed him in court. Providing for him and his little sister has made a personal life nearly impossible. She eventually meets Robert, a man who seems nice at first but soon causes complications between mother and son. As this toxic dynamic unfolds, Andrew finds himself further in trouble, as his growing anger and frustration spiral out of control. Can his mother save him from a future behind bars? Set against the backdrop of the 2016 Presidential election, LIFE AND NOTHING MORE skillfully explores the social and economic challenges of African-Americans in poverty and the trap of the prison cycle. The characters in this compelling film are impressively portrayed by nonprofessionals, a choice that seems fitting for a story with so much raw energy and grit. —E.F.

CIFF42 Screenings

Tower City Cinemas

Saturday, April 07, 2018 at 8:50 PM

Sunday, April 08, 2018 at 11:20 AM

African Diaspora
Race Relations

American Independents Competition


Antonio Méndez Esparza

Antonio Méndez Esparza was born in Madrid, Spain in 1976. He studied law in Madrid and film at UCLA. He received an M.F.A. in filmmaking from Columbia University.

Aquí Y Allá: Here and There (2012) - CIFF37, LIFE AND NOTHING MORE (2017)

Pedro Hernández Santos

Antonio Méndez Esparza

Barbu Balasoiu

Santiago Oviedo

Principal Cast
Andrew Bleechington, Regina Williams, Robert Williams, Ry'Nesia Chambers

Print Source

Community Partner

West Side Catholic Center

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