Nona (2019)

Michael Polish (of the Polish brothers twins), know for the critically acclaimed Twin Falls Idaho (1999), Jackpot (2001), Northfork (2003), and The Astronaut Farmer (2006) returns with his wife, Kate Bosworth (Lois Lane in Superman Returns), in this human trafficking drama.

Nona is a poor Honduran girl who, after losing her father in a shooting and her brother in a home invasion stabbing, makes the decision to head to America to find her only family: her mother who was too poor to pay for her daughter to accompany to the U.S. as she looked for work.

When Nona meets the Vespa-riding Hecho, himself on the way to America, he promises Nona a new life — and a free ride to America: then her world goes dark. When they reach the border, she learns Hecho works with a human smuggling ring. She’s blind-folded and passed off to a Coyote. And she’s led into a life of prostitution in the U.S.

As is the case with any film that carries the Polish seal of approval, Nona is expertly shot and captures the beauty of the wilds of Central America and Mexico. Polish also wisely chose to shoot the film in Spanish with English subtitles which, I realize, is off-putting to some (Kate as a detective who rescues Nona is the sole English speaker). But make no mistake: this tale is rough ride. It’s uber dark, but an eye-opening, recommended watch about a world we don’t want to admit exists but need to know it does.

On an international rollout since 2017, Nona is now available in the U.S. through TriCoast Worldwide and Rock Salt Releasing across all digital and On Demand platforms (Amazon Prime, Hulu, IMBb TV, SlingTV, Starz Online, and Vudu).

Michael Polish is currently in post-production on two films scheduled for release in 2020 and 2021: Forces of Nature (a heist-during-a-hurricane flick starring Mel Gibson) and Axis Sally (a WW II drama starring Al Pacino). His two films in the pre-production stages are The Last Girl in the World (a pandemic drama) and Helios (drama aboard the International Space Station). Each sounds exciting — especially Helios — and we look forward to watching them — as we do with all films from the Polish brothers.

Here’s the rest of the great films released under the Rock Salt Releasing/TriCoast Worldwide co-banner we’ve reviewed:

Agatha Christine: Spy Next Door
Blood Hunters: Rise of the Hybrids
Bombshells and Dollies
Case 347
Dollhouse
It All Begins with a Song
Lone Star Deception
My Hindu Friend
Revival
The Soul Collector
Tombstone Rashomon

Disclaimer: We were provided a screener by the film’s P.R firm. That has no bearing on our review.

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