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The Virgin of Juarez (2006)

R | | Crime, Drama | 13 March 2006 (USA)
While on assignment, Los Angeles based reporter Karina Danes meets Mariela, a rare survivor of one of the vicious attacks taking place in the border town of Cuidad Juarez.

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Patrick Nunzio
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Mariela
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Felix
Abel Soto ...
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Karina Danes
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Father Herrera
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Spokewoman
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Norman
Marcia del Mar ...
Mother
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Arcelia
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Lisabet
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Detective Lauro
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Deputy Police Chief
Jorge Cervera Jr. ...
Isidro
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While on assignment, Los Angeles based reporter Karina Danes meets Mariela, a rare survivor of one of the vicious attacks taking place in the border town of Cuidad Juarez.

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Las muertas de Juárez  »

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One of two films made and released in 2006 which examined the so-called "Maquiladora Murders", the other film was Bordertown (2006). See more »

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serious material done badly
26 April 2016 | by See all my reviews

Juarez is the Mexican city opposite El Paso, Texas. Juarez has become a center of manufacturing by American companies. There has been a spade of murders against young women. L.A. reporter Karina Danes (Minnie Driver) arrives to do a story on the killings. She finds help from Father Herrera (Esai Morales) and activist Patrick (Angus MacFadyen). The police is ineffective. Mariela (Ana Claudia Talancón) survives an attack. She becomes the saintly Virgin of Juarez.

The seriousness of the real situation puts this movie to shame. Of course, it opens with "Inspired by actual events." The movie itself is a silly mess. The actors are perfectly fine. I accept the perfunctory white lead actor. The problem is mainly about the awkward script especially when it's compared to the real story.


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