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Un mundo maravilloso (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 17 March 2006 (Mexico)
A fairy tale about the political and socioeconomic realities of Mexico.


Luis Estrada
10 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damián Alcázar ... Juan Pérez
Antonio Serrano Antonio Serrano ... Ministro
Cecilia Suárez ... Rosita
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Compadre Filemón
Jesús Ochoa ... El Tamal
Silverio Palacios ... El Azteca
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Director del Periódico
Carlos Arau Carlos Arau ... Joven Reportero
Jorge Zárate Jorge Zárate ... Lalo, Secretario Particular
Guillermo Gil Guillermo Gil ... Cara de Rata - padre de Rosa
Max Kerlow ... Sacerdote
Carmen Beato ... La Nena - esposa del Ministro
Larry Silverman Larry Silverman ... Doctor Goldberg
José María Yazpik ... Asesor Financiero
Plutarco Haza ... Asesor Político


Once upon a time, Juan Pérez, the poorest of the poor, reaches fame in a fluke accident in what seemed to be an attempt of suicide, to protest against the government and his social condition. The Ministry of Economy, surrounded by the scandal in which he is blamed by Pérez's decision, decides to reward him changing his life giving him a little house, a car and a job. But when other poor people (Pérez's close friends) find out about his reversal of fortune, decide to imitate him faking suicide attempts in different buildings in Mexico City. The Ministry of Economy, terrified by the glance of having a plague of beggars, decides to declare poverty a crime and hence finish for once and for all with all the poor in the country. Pérez ends up behind bars. Three years later, Pérez is released and goes back to his previous social condition, but this time, aware of having one day as a rich man is better than a life as poor, he will do anything to get out of his misery... And he will manage to ... Written by Juan pérez

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Comedy | Drama | Thriller


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Did You Know?


When Juan Perez (Damian Alcazar) is interrogated, after being asked his alias, he says, among others, "Varguitas", which was Alcazar's character in a previous movie, "La Ley de Herodes", with the same director, Luis Estrada. See more »


The portrait that appears in the house of the politician Lascuraian, the Secretary of Economy of México, is, in fact, the portrait of Porfirio Díaz, president of México (1877-1911), and not from José Ives Limantour, Secretary of Economy of México in Diaz administration See more »

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It sure IS like Mexico!
20 March 2006 | by brendan-8See all my reviews

Not the best movie I've seen... not even dark, acid enough. It is to be taken as a farcical look at Mexican social reality.

Some things aren't shown the way they really are in my country, such as the ideal family portrayed in it or even the house or neighborhood they live in.

But the way public officials deal with matters such as those they are confronted to in this movie is close enough. The way super-rich live also pretty close to reality, houses and all (and yes, there really are super-rich people in Mexico... one of them even ranks just below Bill Gates according to Fortune Magazine).

As for the poor... millions of people live like that in my country, way below any concept of dignity or any other ideas or social values we are fortunate to have been taught and live by. They are born and die in misery, without the faintest hope of ever getting out of poverty. To be sure, they are not that articulate or sympathetic, of course, so you need actors and a script to play their roles, and that way it is actually possible to be entertained for two hours by their coming and goings, which in real life are much too harsh and painful to be called tragedy.

But particular features of any given human existence taken out, the movie lets you catch a glimpse of what could be called the results of the World's economic and political organization.

And then, it could also be called tragedy.

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17 March 2006 (Mexico) See more »

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A Wonderful World See more »

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Dolby Digital



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1.85 : 1
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