Rano is Luis Rodriguez’s older brother, and an important influence on Luis’s earlier life. When Luis’s family moves to Los Angeles, Rano quickly becomes violent and unpredictable. He has trouble adjusting to his classes, in which he’s mocked for knowing little English. But as Rano grows older, he undergoes a startling transformation. He begins to fit in at school, exceling at sports, music, and school. At this point, Rano begins to go by the name Joe. He becomes, as Luis puts it, “the Mexican exception,” i.e., a Latino immigrant who fits in at an American public high school. However, Rano grows apart from his brother, and by the time Luis enters high school the two of them aren’t particularly close. Nevertheless, Rano is an important figure for Luis: he introduces Luis to music and boxing and more generally he represents the young man Luis could be if he applied himself.
Rano Rodriguez / Joe Character Timeline in Always Running
The timeline below shows where the character Rano Rodriguez / Joe appears in Always Running. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.