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Under the Same Moon (2007) More at IMDbPro »La misma luna (original title)

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Under the Same Moon -- After the grandmother who is raising him dies, a young Mexican boy risks his life by traveling to the U.S. to find his mother who is working in LA as an illegal alien.
Under the Same Moon -- A young Mexican boy travels to the U.S. to find his mother after his grandmother passes away.
Under the Same Moon -- Clip: I don't want him to grow up with that anger
Under the Same Moon -- Interview: Kate Del Castillo "On the journey taken by "Carlos""
Under the Same Moon -- Clip: Is there a problem?


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Writer (WGA):
Ligiah Villalobos (written by)
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Release Date:
4 April 2008 (USA) See more »
A boy living in Mexico crosses the Mexican/US Border to reunite with his mother. See more »
A young Mexican boy travels to the U.S. to find his mother after his grandmother passes away. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Adrian Alonso ... Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos' (as Adrián Alonso)

Kate del Castillo ... Rosario

Eugenio Derbez ... Enrique
Maya Zapata ... Alicia
Carmen Salinas ... Doña Carmen 'La Coyota'

Angelina Peláez ... Benita Reyes
Gabriel Porras ... Paco

America Ferrera ... Martha

Jesse Garcia ... David

María Rojo ... Reyna
Ignacio Guadalupe ... Leonardo Sánchez Nava
Pailo Heitz ... Billy
Mario Almada ... Padrino
Ernesto D'Alessio ... Oscar Ponce
Isaac Bravo ... Chito

Gustavo Sánchez Parra ... Manuel
Catalina López ... Josefina
Yvette Mercedes ... Agente Patrulla Fronteriza

Jacqueline Voltaire ... Sra. Mckenzie
Darwyn Roanhorse ... Dueño Motel

Sonya Smith ... Sra. Snyder
Jorge Rojas ... Sr. Snyder

Guillermo Ríos ... Guero
Gerardo Martínez ... Immigrante
David Norris ... Tommy

J. Teddy Garces ... Policía L.A. #1

Lil Steve Niel ... Policía L.A. #2 (as Steve Neil)
Sergio Barragan ... Joven Tatuado (as Sergio Barragán)
Samuel Loo ... Hombre Filipino
Mauricio Carmona ... Indocumentado
Lourdes Vicente ... Esposa Dueño Motel
Carl Dillard ... Agente del Border Patrol #2
Barbara May ... Boletera Autobús
Hiromi Kamata ... Mesera Supermercado
Eve Muller ... Sra. L.A. #1
Patricia Floresena ... Sra. L.A. #2
Norma Pablo ... Mamá Chito

Boris Kievsky ... Taxista Ruso
Irineo Alvarez ... Señor Doblado (as Irineo Álvarez)
Renán Almendariz Coello ... Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Julie Dove ... El Paso Bus Station Announcer (voice)

Los Tigres del Norte ... Themselves (uncredited)

Maria Moreno ... Border Patrol Announcer (voice) (uncredited)

Bob Saldana ... Shifty LA Latino (uncredited)

Directed by
Patricia Riggen 
Writing credits
Ligiah Villalobos (written by)

Produced by
Gina Amador .... post-production producer
Emilia Arau .... consulting producer
Gerardo Barrera .... producer
Ram Bergman .... executive producer
Norman Dreyfuss .... executive producer
Santiago Garcia Galvan .... co-producer
Lorenzo O'Brien .... line producer: Los Angeles
Patricia Riggen .... producer
Hani Selim .... executive producer
Checco Varese .... co-producer
Ligiah Villalobos .... executive producer
Original Music by
Carlo Siliotto 
Cinematography by
Checco Varese 
Film Editing by
Aleshka Ferrero 
Casting by
Rosalinda Morales 
Manuel Teil 
Production Design by
Gloria Carrasco 
Carmen Giménez Cacho 
Makeup Department
Lourdes Delgado .... hair department head
Production Management
Yvette Gurza .... production supervisor
Philip Harrelson .... post-production supervisor
Tlacateotl Mata .... post-production supervisor
Angeles Morales .... unit manager
Ricardo Morales .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claudia Antonucci .... local second assistant director
Yvette Gurza .... first assistant director
Patrick Heyerdahl .... assistant director
Cory Johnson .... local first assistant director
Art Department
Juan Carlos Manjarrez .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Kyle Billingsley .... foley mixer
Marcello De Francisci .... midi programming
Joe Milner .... sound re-recording mixer
Joe Milner .... supervising sound editor
Derek Mok .... pre-mixer
Nick Neutra .... foley supervisor
Santiago Núñez .... sound mixer
Leonel Pedraza .... sound mixer
Doug Reed .... foley artist
James Wright .... Dolby Supervisor
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Manny Dubon .... digital effects artist
Christopher Wild Rogers .... digital intermediate post-production supervisor
Santiago Garcia Galvan .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Brady .... electrician
German Carnero .... still photographer
Silvio Castillero .... first assistant camera: second unit
Wilma Gómez Luengo .... camera operator: "b" camera
Victor Macias .... Steadicam operator
Conor Murphy .... second assistant camera: Los Angeles
Manny Tapia .... gaffer: los angeles
Casting Department
Jessica Valencia .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
Dylan Bond .... assistant editor
Skip Kimball .... digital intermediate colorist
Music Department
Gustavo Borner .... music score mix engineer
Drew DeAscentis .... music editor
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Santiago Garcia Galvan .... music producer
Karen Guthery .... score arranger
Daniel Hamuy .... midi score programmer
Daniel Hamuy .... music score mixing
Daniel Hamuy .... music score producer
Carlo Siliotto .... music score mixing
Erich Talaba .... music score mix engineer
Other crew
Noor Ahmed .... production legal
Maxwell Barrett .... production assistant
Steve Benezra .... location manager
Ritchie Steven Filippi .... assistant production office coordinator
Javier Gonzalez-Rubio .... associate producer
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Norberto Nava .... security advisor
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Lourdes Perez Nido .... production accountant
Sofía Riggen .... making-of
Kellie Ryan .... script supervisor
Scott Schulman .... set production assistant
Amy Smolev .... production accountant: USA
Michael D. Witman .... key production assistant: Los Angeles unit
Michael D. Witman .... production assistant
Keith Gore .... special thanks
Ben Odell .... special thanks

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La misma luna" - Mexico (original title)
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Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements
106 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Brazil:Livre | Canada:PG (Alberta/British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:G (Québec) | Hong Kong:I | Peru:PT | Singapore:PG | South Korea:All | USA:PG-13 (certificate #43699)

Did You Know?

At the beginning of the film, Carlos has his ninth birthday (at 05:54), but Adrian Alonso, the actor portraying that role, turned twelve eighteen days before the film shoot began.See more »
Plot holes: "Señora Esnaide" is a phonetic (to the Mexican ear) spelling of "Señora Snyder"; you'd probably find "Señora McKenzie" at the number for "Señora Maqjuensi", as well.See more »
Rosario:I love you with all my heart...
Rosario:I love you more than all the earth and all the sea...
Rosario, Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos':And all the stars and all the sky.
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Movie Connections:
References Cars (2006)See more »
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30 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
Beautiful in the moonlight, 13 April 2008

A mother gets up before the sun rises on Los Angeles to take the first of many buses to get to the first of her two housecleaning jobs. Elsewhere, in Mexico, her nine-year-old son still sleeps soundly in his bed. Before she left him over four years prior, she told him that should he ever find himself lonely and missing her, that he need only look up to moon in the sky and know that she too would be looking and thinking of him. In that thought, both the title and the dualistic tone are set for a surprisingly poignant piece about the borders that keep both countries and people apart. Director Patricia Riggen's UNDER THE SAME MOON is a brave film that proudly puts a face to an issue that has polarized America. While the main focus surrounds precocious Carlito (Adrian Alonso) as he crosses the US/Mexican border to find his mother after a family death leaves him alone, his journey draws attention to the plight of a people who want only to pursue a better future for their families. It is soft and sweet one moment, difficult and tense the next, but always subtle and sensitive. Its significance is found in its simplicity – while our heart strings are being tugged, our eyes are also being opened.

When Rosario (Kate del Castillo) stares up at the moon, the longing to be with her son is matched only in magnitude by the constant wondering if all of her sacrifice is worth the trouble. The contradictory nature of her existence is a heavy burden to bear. She demeans herself daily cleaning the house of a wealthy woman who treats her like a second class citizen and then has to clean another house and sew dresses nightly in order to put any money aside. As every hour of every day disappears without notice or meaning, years go by without seeing her son. She must work so hard in order to provide him with the possibility of a brighter future and this sacrifice is truly great. For as she slaves away the days, sure to always be on the lookout for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, her son is growing up without her. She has foregone the potential of her own happiness and cut herself off from the one remaining source of joy in her life. The decision she made years ago to cross the border has now drawn another line between mother and son that she knows may one day be too thick to be erased.

When Carlito stares up at the moon, the longing to be with his mother is matched only in magnitude by the bewilderment derived from feeling abandoned. He cannot reconcile his mother's love still felt in his heart and the reality of their situation. Four years after she left, his faith is finally faltering. While Rosario's daily renunciation is a testament to conviction and hope, Carlito's mission to make his way from Mexico to L.A. gives the film a heartbreaking tenderness while still tersely telling the truth of his tale. A boy willing to go to such great lengths just to be with his mother may sound saccharine in nature but there is nothing sweet about a nine-year old hitchhiking in Tucson, working wherever he can to pay for bus fare or nearly being sold into child prostitution. Ligiah Villalobos's lean screenplay never loses sight of the prize long enough to find itself off course but it is also never afraid to talk about the reality illegal immigrants must face on the streets of a supposedly great country. The dichotomy between sappy and serious is what makes UNDER THE SAME MOON so effective. While we want with great desperation to see mother and son reunite, we are also exposed to the reality imposed by our own ignorance upon such innocent hopefuls.

Once upon a time, America used to be the land of the free. People the world over would immigrate in pursuit of the elusive American dream. Things are very different now. Now there is the threat of terrorism, economic unrest and generally widespread panic and fear. To be foreign is to be frightening. All of our misconceptions dehumanize those involved and in a backwards fashion, somehow glamorize the experience. UNDER THE SAME MOON is a fine, refreshing film that gives a voice to those who are so seldom heard in a fashion that will allow it be heard by many. And for all the tears and warmth it brings to the viewer, perhaps its crowning achievement is that all who see it will inevitably find themselves staring up at the night sky shortly afterward, realizing that we all live under that very same moon no matter how many lines are drawn between us.

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