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American Visa (2005)

After being denied an American visa, a Bolivian professor becomes involved in a web of criminal activities, holds-up the American consulate and falls for a beautiful prostitute from the Bolivian lowlands.

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Juan Recacoechea (novel), Juan Carlos Valdivia (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Demián Bichir ... Professor Mario Alvarez (as Demian Bichir)
Kate del Castillo ... Blanca
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roberto Barbery Roberto Barbery ... Alfonso
Alberto Etcheverry Alberto Etcheverry
Alejandra Lanza Alejandra Lanza ... Isabel
Claudia Lobo Claudia Lobo
Carlos Morales Carlos Morales ... Vice Consul
Jorge Ortiz Sánchez Jorge Ortiz Sánchez
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After being denied an American visa, a Bolivian professor becomes involved in a web of criminal activities, holds-up the American consulate and falls for a beautiful prostitute from the Bolivian lowlands.

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for sexual content, language and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Bolivia | Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

October 2005 (Bolivia) See more »

Also Known As:

Американская виза See more »

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1.85 : 1
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US Premier AFI Film Festival Latin Series, Nov. 8 2006 See more »

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If you like Latin American movies
23 December 2005 | by caisamorenoSee all my reviews

Yes, it is one of the best Bolivian movies from latest years among "La Nación Clandestina" (The clandestine nation) and "Cuestión De Fe" (A matter of faith)... The subject is simple, yet honest: how does a humble English professor tries to get an American Visa... it seems to be that living out of his own but hopeless country is a better option. Narration is full of details and scenes that speak by themselves. So, I think it's a quite realistic portrait of nowadays' life in Latin America, and also of the way a lot of Latin American people think, focusing in some particularities of Bolivian society. It's worth to see it, specially because it holds a neutral and somehow natural point of view of the chaos surrounding the main character, a quality that ain't normally achieved in Latin movies. Even the "cholitas" acting as extras are perfectly placed in the narration. It doesn't seem a bad election to me that the main characters were Mexican, in fact, they do have an excellent performance, and that's enough reason for them to be there. The silly scenes? To me, some pink romantic scenes, although a lot of pals liked them.


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