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Sin Nombre (2009)

Sin nombre (original title)
A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.

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(as Cary Jôji Fukunaga)

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Marco Antonio Aguirre ...
Big Lips
Leonardo Alonso ...
Policía Judicial
Karla Cecilia Alvarado ...
Marera
Juan Pablo Arias Barrón ...
Niño #3
Rosalba Belén Barrón ...
Niño #2
Felipe Castro ...
Marero (as Sixto Felipe Castro)
Rosalba Quintana Cruz ...
Tierra Blanca Mujer
Marcela Feregrino ...
Kimberly
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El Smiley (as Kristian Ferrer)
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Giovanni Florido ...
El Sipe
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Ariel Galvan ...
Migrante #1
Diana García ...
Gabriela Garibaldi ...
Diana
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Storyline

Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events. Written by IMDb Editors

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The greatest sin of all is risking nothing.


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

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Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$81,446 (USA) (20 March 2009)

Gross:

$2,534,351 (USA) (10 July 2009)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Cary Fukunagra spent two years researching the film, spending time with people on the trains and with gangsters in Central America. He also used two gang members to script edit making the slang and language as up to date and realistic as possible See more »

Goofs

The teardrop tattoo on el Casper's right eye is missing in two consecutive scenes on the top of the train but is visible on his face throughout the movie both before and after these scenes on the train. Interestingly, the tattoo is an important identifying mark/symbol in the movie and is specifically highlighted by gang members when asking locals if they have seen Casper as they try to find him and hunt him down. See more »

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Sayra: Back home, my friend Clarissa made me see this crazy neighbor, Doña Eleanor, you know, like witchcraft? She smoked this puro, then told me with her freaky voice that I'd make it to the U.S. but not in God's hand, perhaps in the Devil's.
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Connections

Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.8 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Máquinas Cobardes
Written by A. Lavana "Mu"
Performed by Bastón
Courtesy of Mantequilla Records S.A. de C.V.
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Train Ride with a Devil
5 April 2009 | by (Dallas, Texas) – See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. Nice to see the initial low rating has climbed after more people have discovered it. It is a riveting film that weaves together two heart-wrenching, gritty stories that would otherwise seem unrelated. It is beautifully and realistically photographed and provides no-frills story telling.

Director Cary Fukonaga throws the viewer into the middle of the brutally violent gang world at the same time he depicts the frightening desperation of Hondurans making their way through an unforgiving Mexico towards an unwelcoming United States. Trust me ... you don't wish to be part of either of these worlds.

The film is at its best when these two worlds collide and Willy/Casper makes a life-changing decision to help a would-be victim. Edgar Flores plays Willy/Casper as the reluctant gang member with a conscience who is just trying to have a life outside the gang. He plays hero to Paulina Gaitan's Sayra, who is on her way to see relatives in New Jersey. Ms. Gaitan reminds of the talented Catalina Sandino Moreno from the excellent "Maria Full of Grace". Willy and Sayra are an odd couple, but seem good for each other, though their destiny seems obvious from the first moment.

Some great footage of the inner workings of an ultra violent, macho world of gangs left me wondering how anyone could escape alive. These are very scary people. I can understand some finding this difficult to watch, but I can't understand how it can be mistaken for anything other than fine film-making.


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