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Quinceañera (2006)

R | | Drama | 5 July 2006 (France)
As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesus Castanos ...
Ernesto (as Jesus Castanos Chima)
Listette Avila ...
Eileen May Garcia
Hector Quevedo ...
Dancing Boy
Germán Campos ...
Chambelàn (as German Zavala)
Uncle Walter
Aunt Silvia
Margarita Lugo ...
Aunt Candy
Jorge Ortiz ...
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Magdalena is 14 and anxiously awaiting her 15th birthday where she'll celebrate her quinceanara. Her world starts to crumble when she discovers her pregnancy after not being able to fit in her gown for her quinceanara. Soon, she's kicked out of her home, abandoned by her family, and abandoned by her baby's father. Magdalena is then taken in by her great-granduncle, Tomas and her gay, often-in-trouble cousin, Carlos. There she finds a new family and life. Written by R2k443

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sexual content and drug use | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

5 July 2006 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Echo Park, L.A.  »

Box Office


$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$95,400 (USA) (4 August 2006)


$1,689,999 (USA) (3 November 2006)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was shot in the same neighborhood that Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer (the film's writers and directors) live in, and the community turned up to help out by loaning their houses, providing technical advice, supplying clothing and acting. See more »


When Herman describes his busy weekend, he states that he is taking his AP History exam on Saturday. AP exams are only given on weekdays. See more »


Carlos: [Tio Tomas consoles Magdalena] Hey.
Tio Tomas Alvarez: Carlos. I just made some tea, would you like some?
Carlos: Nah, I'm straight.
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References America's Next Top Model (2003) See more »


Bailar Merengue
Performed by Mangana
Written by Edith Mesch
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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QUINCEANERA is a lovely, sweet, real, touching charmer One of the best of 2006
20 July 2006 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I just had the pleasure of catching this lovely gem QUINCEANERA (aka: Echo Park, L.A. in Europe) and I absolutely adored it. It was so refreshing to see a movie about Mexican Americans that wasn't all about gang violence and drugs. This is a lovely and insightful film about family, tradition and life as a Latino in Los Angeles, California. This film deals with a lot of issues from homosexuality, teen pregnancy, family, racism... without ever seeming preachy or forced. The acting by the two leads is some of the finest I've seen in a while and I'm a movie addict. And just when you think the film is about to stumble into the world of cliché it's lifted to an even higher level of beauty and realism. I don' know what else to say without giving away too much other than see this film and you won't be disappointed. This is by far one of the best and most rewarding films I've seen so far this year and that's saying a lot from a guy that sees way too many movies. See this movie and tell your friends about it because they don't make enough movies like this and this kind of art needs our support.

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