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I'm Gonna Explode -- Roman and Maru, two troubled teenagers, attempt an impossible rebellion against the adult world. Maru, a 15-year-old loner, meets Roman, the reckless son of a corrupt right wing politician. United by their desire to fight the inertia that they feel surrounding them, the two embark on a revolt against everything and everyone when they decide to run away to a place where they are free of other peoples expectations. This leads them to an accidental new intimacy and the discovery of their sexuality, a bond that both unites and confuses them. Despite the risk of getting caught by the police and their parents, the young fugitives jeopardize the security of their hiding place and seek to expand the limits of their paradise. But this will mean a return to reality, where wounds are genuine and actions have consequences.


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19 June 2009 (Mexico) See more »
Tale of a young couple who throw caution to the wind and set out in search of their true fate. Román is the son of a contemptible... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Juan Pablo de Santiago ... Román (as Juan Pablo Hernández)
Maria Deschamps ... Maru
Martha Claudia Moreno ... Helena

Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Dip. Eugenio Valdez
Rebecca Jones ... Eva
Renato Ornelas ... Tulio (as Renato Ornelas Parra)
Gustavo González ... Pablo
Carlos Narro ... Professor Belmont (as Carlos Narro Robles)
Denis Soto ... Pepa (as Denisse Soto)
Mauricio Porras ... Beto
Ximena Romo ... Lucía
Jana Sosnowski ... Tina
Jos&eacute Garcia Garcia ... Marco
Raúl Ortiz ... Pedre Salvador (as Raúl Sergio Ortiz)
Alejandro Illescas Calderón ... Padre Antonio
Rogelio Bravo Orozco ... Pareja Pablo
Marcela Espeso ... Directora
Anajosé Aldrete Echevarria ... Magestra Presentadora
Alejandra Benitez Madrigal ... Pituca
Eva Prudencio Ruiz ... Petaca
Evangelina Zaldivar Trejo ... Secretaria
Antonio Pescador Canto ... Papá De Quinceañera
Héctor Dávila ... Cantor (as Héctor 'Gava' Dávila)
Pedro González ... Vocalista de la Banda (as Pedro 'Zulu' González)
Manuel Cepeda Salinas ... Doctor
Oscar Leonardo Saucedo ... Enfermero Psiqui&atilde'trico

Directed by
Gerardo Naranjo 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Gerardo Naranjo  writer

Produced by
Yibran Asuad .... executive producer (as Yibrán Asuad Mújica)
Tyler Brodie .... executive producer
Pablo Cruz .... producer
Gabriel Garcia Nava .... executive producer
Gael García Bernal .... executive producer
Hunter Gray .... producer
Alain de la Mata .... producer
Héctor Ley .... executive producer
Rafael Ley .... executive producer
Diego Luna .... executive producer
Gerardo Naranjo .... producer
Gabriel Nuncio .... executive producer
Alex Orlovsky .... executive producer
Geminiano Pineda .... executive producer
Arturo Sampson .... line producer
Kyzza Terrazas .... executive producer
Cinematography by
Tobias Datum (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Yibran Asuad  (as Yibrán Asuad Mújica)
Gustavo Madrid (junior editor)
Casting by
Luis Calvillo 
Viridiana Olvera 
Emliano Rocha 
Emiliano Tonatiuh 
Production Design by
Claudio Ramirez Castelli  (as Claudio Castelli)
Costume Design by
Amanda Cárcamo  (as Amanda Cárcamo González)
Annai Ramos  (as Annai Ramos Maza)
Production Management
Veronica Novelo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Katina Medina Mora .... first assistant director
Alejandro Sesma .... second assistant director (as Alejandro Sesma Minvielle)
Art Department
Cymbeline Deffis .... art department coordinator
Luis Yañez Jacques .... set dresser
Diego Suárez Groult .... construction coordinator
Diego Suárez Groult .... graphic designer
Diego Suárez Groult .... set dresser
Sound Department
Damián Del Río .... boom operator (as Damián del Rio Delmotte)
Cory Melious .... re-recording mixer
Kiyoshi Osawa .... sound editor
Fabiola Ramos .... boom operator (as Fabiola Ramos Ramirez)
Gabriel Reyna .... sound designer
Rafael Rivera Goyenechea .... sound editor (as Rafael Rivera)
Alejandro Rodriguez Santana .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Hassan Ben Sabbah Uriostegui .... digital compositor
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Borruso .... first assistant camera
Marco Antonio Garcia Martínez .... video assist
Daniel Peña .... second assistant camera (as Daniel Peña Rosales)
Raúl Silva Garcia .... gaffer
Casting Department
Emiliano Rocha Minter .... casting
Editorial Department
Fernando Medellín .... colorist
Mike Villasana .... digital intermediate managing director
Music Department
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Other crew
Jessica Aviña .... production coordinator
Luis Calvillo Anza .... making of
Mauricio Katz .... creative consultant
Norberto Nava .... security coordinator
Emiliano Tonatiuh .... making of
Constanza Novick .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Voy a explotar" - Mexico (original title)
"I'm Going to Explode" - USA (festival title)
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106 min
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An updated cinematic expression of Holden's search for authenticity, 7 February 2010
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

Though it appears doubtful that J.D. Salinger's classic paean to teen-age rebelliousness, "Catcher in the Rye", will ever be filmed, Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo's I'm Going to Explode (Voy a Explotar) provides a kindred spirit in teenage Roman, an updated cinematic expression of Holden Caulfield's search for authenticity (though one with decidedly more reckless abandon). Naranjo, who studied film at the American Film Institute with another up and coming young director, Azazel Jacobs (Momma's Man), owes a big debt of gratitude to the French New Wave, yet his I'm Going to Explode stands on its own as an involving tale of two lovers on the run, never feeling derivative or redundant.

Produced by actors Gabriel Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna from Y Tu Mamá También, I'm Going to Explode rises above its youthful flaws with energy, dark humor, and personal style, and an expressive spontaneity that makes it a rich and deeply moving experience. If Holden had a partner, she might have resembled 15-year-old Maru (Maria Deschamps), a troubled outsider with a rebellious spirit. Bored and feeling very much alone at her suburban prep school in Guanajuato, Maru is an outsider who empties her soul each day into her diary, aching for someone who understands her longings. Her world comes alive, however, when she meets Roman (Juan Pablo de Santiago), the disaffected son of a well-to-do right-wing politician.

A bright, impulsive, emotional, and unpredictable young man, Roman seems to delight in seeking his father's (Daniel Gimenez Cacho) attention by getting kicked out of every school he is enrolled in. Now in the same school with Maru, they meet at a talent show in which Roman pretends to commit suicide by hanging and Maru feels an immediate camaraderie. She writes to a friend that "He exists, but I also made him up," and says that "the best part is that he's angry." Roman has similar feelings for Maru and it does not take long for the two free spirits to plan a runaway from a world they can make little sense of. Roman, in melodramatic fashion, pretends to be abducting Maru while flashing one of his adored guns but the reality is less exciting.

Although they both want their parents to think they are far away, in reality they are hiding out in a tent on the roof of his father's house, sneaking downstairs to corral the necessities of life when his dad, Maru's mother, and sister (who have made themselves part of the rescue team), are not at home. Fortified with plenty of wine and rock music which they listen to with dual headphones, they are clearly having fun at the expense of their self-involved but legitimately frightened parents who are thrown off the trail by hysterical phone calls from Roman, replete with misinformation. In a startlingly insightful sequence, Maru expresses her conflicts about having sex with Roman, fearing that she will lose her power over him and be taken for granted if she "puts out" (why most Hollywood teens never think about that is a mystery).

Like most adolescents, one minute they express powerful emotion and seem grown up, the next minute they are squabbling or not talking because of inconsequential jolts to their ego. When Roman and Maru do have sex, it is very erotic because they are at first so hesitant and tentative, perhaps the way we all were the first time. Ultimately, they steal a car with the idea of going to Mexico City but, as in real-life, it does not always work out according to plans. Surviving an unnecessarily melodramatic and predictable ending, I'm Going to Explode is a film of sensual delight and pure exhilaration and Deschamps' performance as the more mature protagonist keeps the film from descending into juvenile hi-jinks.

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