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Un mundo maravilloso (2006)

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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
Silverio Palacios ...
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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Comedy | Drama | Thriller


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17 March 2006 (Mexico)  »

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A Wonderful World  »

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


$2,053,189 (Mexico) (31 March 2006)

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1.85 : 1
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Character Pedro Lazcurain is named after a Mexican president who lasted only one day in the job. 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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Should I laugh, or should I cry?
23 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

When I watched this movie I thought I was going to sit down and enjoy a comedy and while it is very funny it is much more than a comedy. Immideately after every laugh I found myself thinking the same thing, "Wait, that's not supposed to be funny." Laughing at the shacks that thousands of people have to live in. Or, laughing at the fact that system is so mucked up that not even university-educated men and women can get a job as a janitor. These things are not supposed to be funny but Un Dia Maravilloso makes you laugh at them. Not that this film is evil for doing so. On the contrary, great satires make fun at things that are not supposed to be funny. The best example of this is Dr. Strangelove. The fate of the entire world is in the hands of these fools up the screen yet, we laugh at them (our world leaders included).

This movie is more than a black comedy. It is a comedy that makes you regret every laugh. It makes you regret every time you laughed at the dirty hobo up the screen. I watched it while in Mexico City last week and loved it. It's as thought-provoking as it is funny. It truly made me change my outlook towards poor people (truly poor people, people who don't know if they'll survive another day because lack of money). After leaving the movie theatre on my way to the hotel, I gave every beggar I came across fifty pesos. It isn't much, but I'd like to think that I eased their battle in a small way.

Besides highlighting poverty in Mexico it also brings about issues of corruption and social injustice. And which country in the world doesn't have any of those 3 things? Which is why you don't have to be Mexican to enjoy it. Run, don't walk, to Un Dia Maravilloso.

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