La Jaula De Oro

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“This powerful yet unsentimental thriller keeps audiences guessing as four Central American kids head to the US by train.” — Peter Debruge, Variety

Year: 2013
Country: Mexico, Spain
Running time: 101 mins
Censor Rating: M - violence, offensive language

Producers: Inna Payán, Luis Salinas, Edher Campos
Screenplay: Diego Quemada-Diez, Gibrán Portela, Lucía Carreras
Photography: María Secco
Editors: Paloma López Carillo, Felipe Gómez
Production designer: Carlos Jacques
Music: Leo Heiblum, Jacobo Lieberman
In Spanish and Tzotzil, with English subtitles
CinemaScope/DCP

With: Brandon López (Juan), Rodolfo Domínguez (Chauk), Karen Martínez (Sara), Carlos Chajón (Samuel)

Festivals: Cannes (Un Certain Regard) 2013

“Spanish director Diego Quemada-Diez was a camera assistant [for] Ken Loach… and there is something very Loachian in this tough, absorbing, suspenseful drama about three Guatemalan kids trying illegally to cross the Mexican border into the US… Brandon López and Karen Martínez play Juan and Sara, two kids who are desperate to get out of Guatemala, along with a young Indian boy they meet, Chauk. With some US dollar bills sewn secretly into their jeans, they plan on hopping boxcars and riding the rails up through Mexico and then over the border into California… Sara has prudently decided to disguise herself as a boy called ‘Oswaldo’ by cutting her hair, wearing a cap and taping up her chest under her shapeless T-shirt. It creates a poignant romantic tension and there is even a tender sort of Jules et Jim frisson between the three of them… It is a very substantial movie, with great compassion and urgency.” — Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian