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El sueño del caimán (2001)

Not Rated | | Drama, Family | 14 March 2003 (Mexico)
Beautifully rendered in stunning Black-and-white, this dark comedy evokes the classic Mexican cinema of the 50s and Latino soap opera in equal measure. Inaki is a young man living in Spain ... See full summary »


Beto Gómez

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Credited cast:
Daniel Guzmán ... Iñaki
Rafael Velasco Rafael Velasco ... Caimán
Kandido Uranga ... Patxi
Miguel Natividad Miguel Natividad ... El Nene
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabriel Anaya Gabriel Anaya ... Masajista Arturito
Lorenzo Arcos Lorenzo Arcos ... Presentador Casino
Carlos Avilés Carlos Avilés ... Cantante 2
Asunción Balaguer ... Abuela Iñaki
Consuelo Carcedo Ramos Consuelo Carcedo Ramos ... Señora
Sergio Cervántes Sergio Cervántes ... Policía 1
Roberto Cobo ... Tomasito
Paloma Cumplido Paloma Cumplido ... Hija1 Policía Bco.
Camila de Santiago Camila de Santiago ... Rosa
Sara Ditera Sara Ditera ... Anita (as Sara Ruiz)
José Dorasco José Dorasco ... Guerrero Azteca


Beautifully rendered in stunning Black-and-white, this dark comedy evokes the classic Mexican cinema of the 50s and Latino soap opera in equal measure. Inaki is a young man living in Spain who has joined up with an elderly man to become a petty thief. A routine robbery goes awry when the old man dies unexpectedly, and Inaki finds himself on the run. He returns to Mexico to hide out for a while in the rooming house where his father Patxi lives with his brother, El Caiman; the house is run by an upbeat drag queen named Aunt Carmen. Inaki begins dating Carmen's niece, which fuels Carmen's hopes that the young man will become a doctor. But Patxi and Caiman are wise to the boys past, and soon he finds himself moving once again toward crime. All of the characters are motivated by a common dream of liberation, which they navigate clumsily towards. EL SUENO DEL CAIMAN won the prize for Best Feature Film in the 2002 Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival, among many other honors it received on the ...

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Dicen que mentir no es bueno, pero la mentira nos puede llevar por caminos que de otra manera no hubiéramos tomado.


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14 March 2003 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

O Sonho de Caimán See more »

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'Beto Gomez' originally cast a woman to play Tia Carmela, but the actress disappeared days before her scenes. Gomez then approached Roberto Espejo, who also played one of the cops in the bank robbery sequence, and offered him the role, based upon his long experience in cabarets and nightclubs. See more »

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Promising Film Debut
4 May 2003 | by el74See all my reviews

I got to catch the new Beto Gomez film when it was shown in Brownsville, Tx. I was very impressed with the storyline and the acting ( it really did seem like an ode to the golden age of mexican cinema).Unlike other contemporary Mexican films, this does not have to do with life in Mexico City. For once, someone is concentrating on another part of the country and telling their stories. Its about time Mexican cinema made its way out of D.F. and into the rest of the country. The film seems like a very promising debut, can't wait to see what else is in store for the future.

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