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Backyard (2009)
"El traspatio" (original title)

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The true story of the border town of Juarez, Mexico where since the mid-1990s thousands of women have gone missing or turned up as sun-burnt corpses in the desert. Can new police captain Blanca Bravo stop the savagery?

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Blanca
Asur Zagada ...
Juana Sanchez
Marco Pérez ...
Fierro
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Cutberto
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Peralta
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Mickey Santos
Carolina Politi ...
Sara
Amorita Rasgado ...
Márgara
Enoc Leaño ...
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Adriana Paz ...
Hilda
Lisa Owen ...
Silvia
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El Sultán
Juan Carlos Barreto ...
Alvarez
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An astonishing fictional account of the unending series of murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, which began in 1996. Most of the victims are low-paid laborers who have been drawn to the town by the possibility of work at American-owned factories. In the film Mexican police officer Blanca Bravo is sent to Cuidad Juarez to investigate and comes to learn realities of these women's lives, as well as the truth about a police force and local power structure embodied by entrepreneur Mickey Santos that has ceased to care. Written by Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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The film was widely marketed and released in Mexico bearing the English title "Backyard". Its Spanish translation, "El traspatio", was used as an extension of the title, for the sake of clarification. See more »

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In the scenes located in Juarez Avenue, it can be seen "transborde" buses and a big led screen with publicity. Those were activated in late 2006. (The story occurs on 1996) See more »

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An important story told badly
26 December 2010 | by (www.subtitledonline.com) – See all my reviews

Backyard is a fictionalised version of events that actually occurred in a small Mexican/American border known as Ciudad Juarez.

The film covers similar ground to The Virgin Of Juarez and the better known Bordertown. In Backyard, though, Director Carlos Carrrera attempts to take a grittier, more realistic approach to telling the story.

While it's hard to argue with Ana de la Reguera's performance, one can't help wondering if this film would have benefited from a heroine that didn't take makeup and modelling classes while attending police academy.

An important story told badly.


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Se ve como cualquier otra pelicula que se ha hecho sobre Juarez bringonthelucie
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