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Un mundo maravilloso (2006)

A fairy tale about the political and socioeconomic realities of Mexico.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Juan Pérez
Antonio Serrano ...
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ...
Compadre Filemón
El Tamal
El Azteca
Director del Periódico
Carlos Arau ...
Joven Reportero
Jorge Zárate ...
Lalo, Secretario Particular
Guillermo Gil ...
Cara de Rata - padre de Rosa
Max Kerlow ...
Carmen Beato ...
La Nena - esposa del Ministro
Larry Silverman ...
Doctor Goldberg
Asesor Financiero
Asesor Político


Once upon a time, Juan Pérez, the poorest of the poor, reaches fame in a fluke accident in what seemed to be an attempt of suicide, to protest against the government and his social condition. The Ministry of Economy, surrounded by the scandal in which he is blamed by Pérez's decision, decides to reward him changing his life giving him a little house, a car and a job. But when other poor people (Pérez's close friends) find out about his reversal of fortune, decide to imitate him faking suicide attempts in different buildings in Mexico City. The Ministry of Economy, terrified by the glance of having a plague of beggars, decides to declare poverty a crime and hence finish for once and for all with all the poor in the country. Pérez ends up behind bars. Three years later, Pérez is released and goes back to his previous social condition, but this time, aware of having one day as a rich man is better than a life as poor, he will do anything to get out of his misery... And he will manage to ... Written by Juan pérez

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Release Date:

17 March 2006 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

A Wonderful World  »

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$645,881 (Mexico) (17 March 2006)

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Did You Know?


When Juan Perez (Damian Alcazar) is interrogated, after being asked his alias, he says, among others, "Varguitas", which was Alcazar's character in a previous movie, "La Ley de Herodes", with the same director, Luis Estrada. See more »


The portrait that appears in the house of the politician Lascuraian, the Secretary of Economy of México, is, in fact, the portrait of Porfirio Díaz, president of México (1877-1911), and not from José Ives Limantour, Secretary of Economy of México in Diaz administration See more »

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A man who lives in extreme poverty, jumps into fame when by mistake he " tries" to commit suicide due to his economic situation.
19 March 2006 | by (Mexico) – See all my reviews

One of the best Mexican movies that I have seen.A wonderful way to make fun of the government in Mexico.It is a typical Mexican way of making fun of our own tragedies. The work of Luis Estrada (one of the finest Mexican directors)had its first great hit with "La Ley of Herodes" another movie of criticism to the corruption of not only Mexican government but also of the U.S. For a Mexican citizen it is very relieving to see this kind of movie that expresses much of that we all have in mind, but don't get to say it. I really recommend it, and I hope this kind of movies are seen all over the world ,so that Estrada's work be fully recognized. He deserves it.

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