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Paraiso Travel (2008)

R | | Drama | 10 July 2009 (USA)
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Love drives two young lovers from Medellin, Colombia to seek fortune in New York City, only to find a harsh reality that will put to test their true love for one another.

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Simon Brand
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Cast

Credited cast:
Louis Arcella ... Ximeno
Angelica Blandon Angelica Blandon ... Reina
Pedro Capo Pedro Capo ... Giovanny
Raúl Castillo ... Carlos
Aldemar Correa Aldemar Correa ... Marlon
Margarita Rosa de Francisco ... Raquel
Ana de la Reguera ... Milagros Valdez
Alexander Forero Alexander Forero ... Mexican poyero
Tim Gallin ... Cop
Gina Hernandez ... Milagro Family Member
Germán Jaramillo Germán Jaramillo ... Don Hernan
Stina Kalman ... Waitress (as Christina Kalman)
Ethen Lane Ethen Lane ... Victor
John Leguizamo ... Roger Pena
Eli Massillon Eli Massillon ... Menacing man in car
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Storyline

A young seductive woman named Reina, living in Medellin, Colombia, becomes infatuated with finding fortune in New York City. A young man named Marlon desperately falls in love with this rebellious teen. Entangled in her web of fantasies, Marlon has no other choice but to blindly follow her imposing lead. Driven by their will to reach their dreamland, the two embark on the brutal exodus of the Latin-American immigrants who cross illegally through Mexico. This adventure in narrated by Marlon on his voyage to find his love, his heroine, his Reina. The couple got separated upon arrival in New York and Marlon fueled only by the power of love has been through hell and back trying to find her. This is his story. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Worse than loving you is searching for you.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Colombia | USA

Language:

Spanish | English | French

Release Date:

10 July 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Paraiso Travel - Em Busca do Sonho See more »

Filming Locations:

Colombia See more »

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Budget:

$4,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Cliché, and stereotypical, poorly acted, even worse screenplay.
1 September 2008 | by NYCCritic89See all my reviews

It was surprising, at least after all the media attention in Latin circles it received, to come out of this movie as if I had just lost 2 hours of my time. If anything after having seen Mexican and Colombian cinema and being familiarized with the themes they depict, "Paraiso" doesn't seem to know where it wants to go and what subjects it really wants us to familiarize ourselves with. The theme of illegal immigration, a hot topic these days, has received plenty of attention from many media outlets, even film. Pick any Mexican or Colombian film from the last decade and the idea of an "Better American hope of life", is soon to be found, however, "Paraiso" fails at showing us what really motivates these characters or what lies behind their intentions. Possibly, poor acting has something to do with that, hiring non-actors from some of these roles was a huge mistake by Mr. Brand, who could learn plenty from his Mexican and Spanish counterparts, he lacks the experience to be able to take a mediocre script and really bring a believable and manageable story within the confines of the Spanish language. Hopefully Latin-American cinema has a little more to offer than this.


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