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Quinceañera (2006)

R | | Drama | 5 July 2006 (France)
As Magdalena's 15th birthday approaches, her simple, blissful life is complicated by the discovery that she's pregnant. Kicked out of her house, she finds a new family with her great-granduncle and gay cousin.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jesus Castanos Jesus Castanos ... Ernesto (as Jesus Castanos Chima)
Araceli Guzman-Rico ... Maria
Emily Rios ... Magdalena
J.R. Cruz ... Herman
Listette Avila Listette Avila ... Jessica
Alicia Sixtos ... Eileen May Garcia
Hector Quevedo Hector Quevedo ... Dancing Boy
Germán Campos Germán Campos ... Chambelàn (as German Zavala)
Carlos Linares ... Videographer
Johnny Chavez ... Uncle Walter
Carmen Aguirre ... Aunt Silvia
Margarita Lugo Margarita Lugo ... Aunt Candy
Jorge Ortiz Jorge Ortiz ... DJ
Veronica Sixtos ... Young Girl
Jesse Garcia ... Carlos
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Storyline

Magdalena is 14 and anxiously awaiting her 15th birthday where she'll celebrate her quinceañera. Her world starts to crumble when she discovers her pregnancy after not being able to fit in her gown for her quinceañera. Soon, she's kicked out of her home, abandoned by her family, and abandoned by her baby's father. Magdalena is then taken in by her great-granduncle, Tomas and her gay, often-in-trouble cousin, Carlos. There she finds a new family and life. Written by R2k443

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

5 July 2006 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Echo Park, L.A. See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$95,400, 6 August 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,689,999, 5 November 2006
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Runtime:

| (uncut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Tio Tomas was based on writer/director Wash Westmoreland's great uncle. See more »

Goofs

When Herman describes his busy weekend, he states that he is taking his AP History exam on Saturday. AP exams are only given on weekdays. See more »

Quotes

Carlos: Nobody believes you, huh?
Magdalena: About what?
Carlos: "About what?", come on!
Magdalena: [pauses] No.
Carlos: Yeah, nobody believed me about anything all my life.
Magdalena: That's because you're a liar, and a thief, and a pothead. And a gay.
Carlos: [Makes face] So?
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Connections

Features Quinceañera (1987) See more »

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Pica Pica
Performed by Mangana
Written by Edith Mesch
Courtesy of LoveCat Music
Published by Big Tiger Music (BMI)
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I applaud these directors.
24 August 2006 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today." Isaac Asimov

There isn't much more that could happen to a 14 year-old Latino girl than occurs in Quincearnera, a stew simmered in the Echo-Park section of Los Angeles.Change is the dominant motif as it affects every major and sub-plot point to the point that nothing is explored in depth while much happens.

Before the celebration of her Quincearnera (15th birthday, when a girl becomes a woman, Magdalena (Emily Rios) is pregnant although the circumstances are questionable if not downright miraculous; bad boy brother Carlos (Jesse Garcia) is gay; they and their old uncle Tomas (Chalo Gonzalez), who has kindly sheltered the two after they are shunned by the family, face eviction as the area is going to gentrification faster than you can say the film's title. The change also visits her dad, who struggles to accept his shameful daughter despite the cultural negativity.

Directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland drive their camera through and around the streets of Echo Park and the yards and living rooms to fulfill the promise of the production company, Kitchen Sink. The kitchen-sink movement in the 50's and 60's especially in England showed basic working class family life, such as Mike Leigh currently does, and still allowed the old higher-class staples of irony, tragedy, and comedy take their rightful place. In Quincearnera, however, the topics are subsumed under the change idiom, allowing the directors to use the gays-smartly-investing-in real-estate motif without much to say other than rents become very high.

Although Magdalena's pregnancy seems to be the center of the tale, the film also touches on the changing fortunes of minorities, the emergence of gays as both owners and landlords, the challenges of adolescence, and the power of family. For those subjects, I applaud these directors.


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