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Ernesto Laguardia ...
Gabriel Botero
Julieta Egurrola ...
Ignacia Botero
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Julia
Verónica Merchant ...
Natalia
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Nicolás Botero
Alberto Estrella ...
Guama Botero
Alonso Echánove ...
Cariñoso
Lucía Muñoz ...
Mireya Botero
Luis Felipe Tovar ...
César
Julián Pastor ...
Luján
Luisa Huertas ...
Isabel
Jorge Fegán ...
Absalón
Ernesto Yáñez ...
Polvorón
Alejandro Parodi ...
Rector
Darío T. Pie ...
Maurer
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The film tells the story of the Boteros, a middle-class Mexican family struggling against poverty after their father's death. Ignacia (Egurrola) is the Boteros mother, a desperate woman who chooses to sacrifice the destiny of her three older children, in order to protect Gabriel (Laguardia) the youngest one. She believes Gabriel will climb the social structure and bring back the lost fortune to the family. But destiny has other plans for the Boteros and tragedy will overcome eventually. Based on the novel of Nobel Prize winner Naguib Mahfouz. Written by Maximiliano Maza <mmaza@campus.mty.itesm.mx>

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a raw family history
26 December 1999 | by (mexico) – See all my reviews

A wonderful film about the beginning of the end of a middle class family that falls in despair with wonderful performances that reveal what human nature is able to do to survive in a material world where people who has the money has the power and there's nothing to do to change it just trying to survive or fall down and destroy themselves.


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