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In the Mexican-Guatemalan border, young teenage lovers, Sabina and Jovany, both Hondurans, accidentally meet again after some years without seeing each other. She plans to get to the United... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sabina Rivas
Doña Lita
Miguel Flores ...
Don Nico
Dagoberto Gama ...
General Valderrama
Luis Eduardo Yee ...
Pedro (as Luis Yee)
Tito Vasconcelos ...
Presentador Tijuanita
Lic. Cossío
Asur Zagada ...


In the Mexican-Guatemalan border, young teenage lovers, Sabina and Jovany, both Hondurans, accidentally meet again after some years without seeing each other. She plans to get to the United States and dreams about being a great singer; he commits all the required atrocities to be accepted by the gang: la Mara Salvatrucha. Sabina and Jovany crashed with the most adverse conditions at the border like white slavery, the Mexican and American migratory agents Burrona and Patrick, the brothel matron Doña Lita, Don Nico the Mexican Consul in Tecún Umán, the drug trafficking networks, the army and la Mara Salvatrucha. Written by Perla Ciuk

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Release Date:

9 November 2012 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

Sin Nombre: Life Without Hope  »

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MXN 60,000,000 (estimated)

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Damn good, but sad and even disturbing
7 February 2014 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

According to the cover I did not expect a serious movie, but the overall good rating made me curious. I was not disappointed.

What really shines bright above all good things in this movie is its main lead: Greisy Mena. She did a fantastic job and her character was so believable, deep and intoxicating. Simply brilliant. Why don't that woman have an Oscar yet? You could really see, think and feel what her character saw, thought and felt. Impressive. I was really touched by her performance and I've seen a hell of a lot of movies of that kind (the not-so-happy-experience-movies). I really felt bad for all her nudity-scenes. These were way below her league and didn't add anything. Sure, a very lovely view, but misplaced in my eyes.

A slight problem one could have with this movie is that if you're not from that area or you're not having a slight insight you may have a hard time believing the things that happens in this movie. You may think the portrayed MS were just a small bunch of lowlifes or there were only a handful of corrupt policemen. You may really end up asking yourself what all this fuss is about. Call the "real" cops and the job's done. Sure, to all around that area this might be nothing new and totally obvious, but all foreigners may have a harder time believing it.

The title in Germany is "Sine Nombre - Life without hope" and it pretty fits. No hope everywhere you look at, but still Sabina always maintains an inch of hope and optimism, smiling at the smallest things that are not thaaaaaat bad. The more she does that, the more you want to punch everyone else on the screen in the face. Repeatedly.

Long story short: If you can "enjoy" a movie where things are not perfect-world-harmony-happiness then you're in for a ride. Go watch this pearl! It's of the same technical quality as "Tropa de elite" but with less focus on action and more focus on feelings.

It's a real shame one has to look for movies like that like the needle in the haystack. I just stumbled over it by accident. And it even had the same name ("Sine Nombre") as another movie I've already seen that was also about the Maras. Nearly skipped it because of that.

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