I have seen this movie several times, and I'm always left to wonder what exactly makes it such a powerful and moving film.
ESL is a beautifully rendered tale about a young man's emotional and physical struggles as he faces numerous plights in an unfamiliar and seemingly unwelcoming city (Los Angeles). We, the audience, watch as he does what he needs to do to sustain himself in a city that offers him chances to "make it," but these opportunities are dangled before him, at what might be seen as a high, "personal" cost.
This film touches upon questions concerning love, morality, family values, personal freedoms, and many other crucial issues that the viewer is invited to evaluate, as we are taken along this passionate and highly entertaining journey with a group of highly talented actors that brilliantly perform the story.
ESL is exquisitely shot and directed. I absolutely loved, loved, loved this film!!!