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Sin Nombre -- Sayra, a Honduran teenager, and Willy, a new member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang, both dream of better lives for themselves, and a fateful event will find the two strangers united on a train bound for the U.S., where the hope for new lives await.
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Director:
Writer (WGA):
Cary Fukunaga (written by)
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Release Date:
15 May 2009 (Mexico) See more »
Tagline:
The greatest sin of all is risking nothing.
Plot:
Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S... See more » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
15 wins & 15 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Another Strong Central American Tale See more (69 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
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
Kristyan Ferrer ... El Smiley (as Kristian Ferrer)

Edgar Flores ... Willy 'El Casper'
Giovanni Florido ... El Sipe

Paulina Gaitan ... Sayra
Ariel Galvan ... Migrante #1
Diana García ... Martha Marlene
Gabriela Garibaldi ... Diana
Ignacio Gonzalez ... Marero
Noé Hernández ... Resistol
Lilibeth Flores ... Yamila
Jesús Lira ... Marero

Catalina López ... Tia Toña
Hector Anzaldua ... El Turbino (as Hector Lortia)
Benny Manuel ... Niño #1
Fernando Manzano ... Donald
Liliana Martinez ... Marera
Mary Paz Mata ... Abuela de Sayra

Tenoch Huerta ... Lil' Mago (as Tenoch Huerta Mejía)
Emir Meza ... Peluquín
Emilio Miranda ... Otro Marero
José Miguel Moctezuma ... Marero
Esperanza Molina ... La Hermana
Luis Fernando Peña ... El Sol
Iván Rafael ... El Bomba
Gabino Rodríguez ... El Scarface
David Serrano ... El Smokey

Gerardo Taracena ... Horacio
Harold Torres ... El Pícaro
Andrés Valdéz ... Policía Judicial
Max Valencia Zúñiga ... El Chino
Noé Velázquez ... El Happy
Tulio Villavicencio ... El Pájaro

Guillermo Villegas ... Orlando
Javier Rivera Flores ... Barrio 18
Luis Ángel Paz Flores ... Barrio 18
José Rogelio Vázquez López ... Barrio 18
Luis Antonio Vázquez López ... Barrio 18
José Luis Montiel Luna ... Barrio 18
Marco Tolio Durand Martínez ... Barrio 18
Jesús Humberto Fuentes Perez ... Barrio 18
Luis Alfredo Rodríguez Sánchez ... Barrio 18
Silverio Menchaque Zárate ... Barrio 18

Héctor Jiménez ... Leche - Wounded Man
Damayanti Quintanar ... Clarissa
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Marcela Macias ... Rosario (as Marcela Hyasu)

Directed by
Cary Fukunaga  (as Cary Jôji Fukunaga)
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Cary Fukunaga (written by) (as Cary Joji Fukunaga)

Produced by
Gerardo Barrera .... executive producer
Pablo Cruz .... executive producer
Gael García Bernal .... executive producer
Amy Kaufman .... producer
Diego Luna .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Marcelo Zarvos 
 
Cinematography by
Adriano Goldman 
 
Film Editing by
Luis Carballar 
Craig McKay 
 
Casting by
Carla Hool 
 
Production Design by
Claudio Contreras 
 
Art Direction by
Carlos Benassini 
 
Set Decoration by
Aida Rodriguez (chief set decorator)
 
Costume Design by
Leticia Palacios 
 
Makeup Department
Viviana Delgado .... makeup coordinator
Monica Fuentes .... assistant makeup artist
Alfredo Garcia .... makeup designer
Isabel Rojas .... tattoos and bodypainting
Jimena Romero .... tattoos and bodypainting
Carla Tinoco .... hair designer
Carla Tinoco .... makeup designer
Edgar Vazquez .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Karl Braun .... production manager: second unit
Laila Castillo .... unit manager
Lorraine Samuel .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
María Raquel Dioni .... key second assistant director
Victor Herrera McNaught .... first assistant director: second unit
Julian 'Chico' Valdez .... second second assistant director
René Villarreal .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Jimena Contreras .... art department coordinator
Roberto Revilla .... leadman
Óscar Tapia .... on-set dresser
 
Sound Department
Steve Baine .... foley artist
Todd Beckett .... sound re-recording mixer
Elma Bello .... sound
Paul Bidault .... adr recordist
Keith Elliott .... sound re-recording mixer
Ruy García .... sound recordist
Mark Gingras .... supervising sound editor
Jamie Gould .... sound re-recording assistant
Gina Gyles .... foley assistant
Katie Halliday .... second assistant sound editor
John Laing .... supervising sound editor
Paulina Louvier .... adr coordinator: Mexico
Colin McLellan .... adr recordist
Rob Nokes .... additional sound effects library
Santiago Núñez .... sound mixer
Peter Persaud .... foley recordist
Brad Thornton .... sound re-recording mixer
Mark Zsifkovits .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Ioan Balcosi .... compositor
Ayo Burgess .... visual effects: Mr. X Inc.
Wilson Cameron .... visual effects coordinator
Jeff Capogreco .... lighting / techical director
Dan Carnegie .... animación: Mr. X Inc.
David Fix .... senior systems administrator: Mr. X Inc
Kristyn Hume .... main title sequence
Mike Kwan .... digital compositor: Mr. X Inc.
Mai-Ling Lee .... digital artist
Chris MacKenzie .... digital opticals
Sarah McMurdo .... visual effects producer
Jessica Nolet .... digital artist
Rob Phillips .... visual effects production assistant
Sebastien Proulx .... visual effects production assistant
Vishal Rustgi .... digital compositor
Paul Saint-Hilaire .... digital compositor: Nuke
Kenneth Sales .... digital compositor
Armando Velazquez .... digital compositor
Chris Wallace .... digital intermediate colourist
 
Stunts
Hugo Aguilera .... stunt rigger
Odin Ayala .... stunt double
Odin Ayala .... utility stunts
Omar Ayala .... stunts
Balo Bucio .... stunt coordinator
Julian Bucio .... stunt coordinator
Toni Bucio .... stunt rigger
Leonel Gabino .... stunts
Antonio Garcia .... stunts
Eduardo Gomez .... stunts
Paola Hernandez .... stunts
José Medina .... stunts
Juan Olaldo .... stunts
Victor Hugo Ramirez .... stunts
Alonso Rosado .... stunts
Francisco Valdez .... stunts
Pablo Vinós .... stunts
Josué Virgen .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pamela Albarran .... camera trainee
Rodrigo Carvalho .... camera operator
Arturo Castañeda .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Pedro Lezama .... second assistant camera
Eniac Martínez Ulloa .... still photographer
Carlos Silva .... video assist
Juan Pablo Somohano .... technician camera equipment: b camera
 
Casting Department
Genaro Hernandez .... casting assistant
Eliseo Ruiz .... casting assistant
Rodrigo Urbano .... casting associate
Carlos del Valle .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Gomez .... wardrobe assistant
Emilio Solorzano .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Dan Elortegui .... first assistant editor
Lee Hughes .... digital intermediate project manager
Lara Johnston .... first assistant editor
Tom Mayclim .... digital intermediate scanner and recorder
Craig McKay .... editorial consultant
Gareth Molan .... trailer editor
Dave Muscat .... digital intermediate editor
Brigitte Rabazo .... first assistant editor
Lorraine Samuel .... post production supervisor
 
Music Department
Rob Bertola .... music editor
Mark Bächle .... orchestrator
Daniel Coe .... orchestrator
Daniel Coe .... score preparation
Lynn Fainchtein .... music supervisor
Richard King .... music scoring engineer
Philip Rothman .... orchestrator
Tim Starnes .... music editor
 
Other crew
Erika Archaga .... dialect coach
Karl Braun .... location manager
Ignacio Gonzalez .... set production assistant
Noralí Gonzalez .... production coordinator
Javier Gonzalez-Rubio .... assistant to the executive producer
Nayeli Gunther .... trainee production assistant
Sofía Guzmán .... set production assistant
Elsa Hermoso .... production accountant
Ricardo M. Kaplan .... accounting assistant
Gabriel Nuncio .... researcher
Gabriel Nuncio .... script translator
Carlos Topete .... assistant: unit manager
Ben Urquhart .... post production executive
 
Thanks
Jeffrey Abramson .... special thanks
Luis Antonio Acosta .... special thanks
Jay Anania .... special thanks
Dean Sheril D. Antonio .... special thanks
Darren Aronofsky .... special thanks
David Atkins .... special thanks
Armagan Ballantyne .... special thanks
Yvette Biro .... special thanks
Elizabeth Bull .... special thanks
Mick Casale .... special thanks
Elvin Delgado Chacón .... special thanks
Angela Cheng .... special thanks
Christine Choy .... special thanks
Christopher Ciancimino .... special thanks
María Noriega Fernández .... special thanks
Boris Frumin .... special thanks
Miyoko Fukunaga .... in memory of
Lil Ghost .... special thanks
Carlos González Castellanos .... special thanks
Everardo Valerio Gout .... special thanks
Bradley Rust Gray .... special thanks
Trygve Grufman .... in memory of
Adriana Guillén .... special thanks
Mark Heyman .... special thanks
Kit Hui .... special thanks
Kirsten Johnson .... special thanks
Kirsten Johnson .... special thanks
Craig Kestel .... special thanks
So-yong Kim .... special thanks
Marco Lara Klahr .... special thanks
Naje Lataillade .... special thanks (as Onaje Tampico Lataillade)
Andrew MacLean .... special thanks
Jake Mahaffy .... special thanks
Victoria Mahoney .... special thanks
Milcho Manchevski .... special thanks
Eran Merav .... special thanks
Rob Meyer .... thanks
Ginga Mundo .... special thanks
Jeremiah Newton .... special thanks
Dunia Orellana .... special thanks
Carlos Pavón .... special thanks
William Reilly .... special thanks
James Rogan .... special thanks
Patricio Serna .... special thanks
Kunti Shaw .... special thanks
Sandi Sissel .... thanks
Sol .... special thanks
Lisa Stone .... special thanks
Milford Thomas .... special thanks
John Tintori .... special thanks
Scott Tuft .... thanks
Freddy Turcios .... special thanks
David Vivar .... special thanks
Alesia Weston .... thanks
Ameer Youssef .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Sin nombre" - Mexico (original title)
"Without Name" - International (English title) (literal title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content
Runtime:
USA:96 min (Sundance Film Festival)
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:MA | Canada:18A (Alberta) | Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Czech Republic:15 | Germany:16 | Ireland:15A | Japan:PG12 | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:16 | Norway:15 | Portugal:M/16 | Singapore:NC-16 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:14 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:14 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R
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Did You Know?

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 possibleSee more »
Goofs:
Errors in geography: Towards the end of the film, the city labeled as "Reynosa, Tamaulipas" is actually "Monterrey, Nuevo Leon."See more »
Quotes:
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Tres Veces MojadoSee more »

FAQ

Do films like "Sin Nombre" or "Man on Fire" give Mexico a bad reputation?
See more »
18 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Another Strong Central American Tale, 13 May 2009
Author: Gene Crokus from United States

I previously said the two best movies of 2009 thus far are "Sunshine Cleaning" and "State of Play". But this newest entry, "Sin Nombre", makes me move this one into the top spot, easily. It is a meaningful contemporary statement made by a writer/director newcomer with guts.

The story(ies) begin in Honduras, a bit later on in Mexico. We first meet Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), who is to accompany her father from Honduras to America – their sights are set on New Jersey. Sayra has not seen her father in a long time, so theirs is an uneasy alliance. He shows her a crudely drawn map, and he traces their route; theirs is a long journey.

We next meet Casper (aka Willy – played by Edgar Flores), a member of a Mexican gang from whom he is hiding his girlfriend; he lies to the gang leader about his whereabouts, but this fearsome leader has his suspicions. We also meet Smiley (Kristian Ferrer) who has just been initiated into the gang. Both Casper and Smiley are put to an additional test to prove their loyalty. They are now thoroughly enmeshed in a world of violence and considerable darkness. This is an edgy world, one in which the overwhelming sensation is constant threat.

Eventually the two separate threads become entwined – both Casper and Smiley have headed north on a train headed north through Mexico, and Sayra and her father have climbed aboard the same train. How all these characters meet and how their itineraries merge is the heart of the narrative.

The shots of train yards and of the illegal train passengers enroute – sitting on top of cars mostly - are very engaging and have a authentic look. The cinematography in the movie is terrific. There are great shots of border crossings and always the trains. According to director Cary Fukunaga the train scenes were difficult to shoot (http://www.popmatters.com):

"We had to maximize those few days we could actually shoot on a train to make it all real," Fukunaga says. "We ended up building a prop train on flatbed trailers, pulling them on country roads around Mexico. You use extras on the set to block the horizon line. If they're in the way, you can't see how far the train goes off into the distance. Definitely something they don't teach you in film school."

All really good movies have a surprise, and there is one here that made me lean forward as if I could see a little better; it was a case of - Did I just see what I think I saw? And that reminds me that this was the first picture in a long time where people walked out fairly early on. That always makes me wonder what a movie about gangsters would have attracted them in the first place.

I am reminded of "City of God" and "Amores Perros", two films that also portray the darker sides of Central America. For anyone needing a fix of smart storytelling with social commentary woven throughout should seek this one out. This is my favorite kind of movie, one where the director leads you through a shadowy other-world full of realistic characters and situations.

Four stars.

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What was the deal with the girlfriend?? FredCDobbs
The girl is an idiot. couldn't stand watching her. sophtwareslump
Good film, MS in Mexico brings it down though IMO. britzsv
Awesome movie, but accents were off sarainunez
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