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Under the Same Moon (2007)

La misma luna (original title)
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A young Mexican boy illegally travels to the U.S. to find his mother (who is illegally in the U.S.) after his grandmother passes away.

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Patricia Riggen
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Adrian Alonso ... Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos' (as Adrián Alonso)
Kate del Castillo ... Rosario
Eugenio Derbez ... Enrique
Maya Zapata ... Alicia
Carmen Salinas ... Doña Carmen 'La Coyota'
Angelina Peláez ... Benita Reyes
Gabriel Porras Gabriel Porras ... Paco
America Ferrera ... Martha
Jesse Garcia ... David
María Rojo ... Reyna
Ignacio Guadalupe ... Leonardo Sánchez Nava
Pailo Heitz Pailo Heitz ... Billy
Mario Almada ... Padrino
Ernesto D'Alessio Ernesto D'Alessio ... Oscar Ponce
Isaac Bravo Isaac Bravo ... Chito
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Storyline

UNDER THE SAME MOON (LA MISMA LUNA) tells the parallel stories of nine-year-old Carlitos and his mother, Rosario. In the hopes of providing a better life for her son, Rosario works illegally in the U.S. while her mother cares for Carlitos back in Mexico. Unexpected circumstances drive both Rosario and Carlitos to embark on their own journeys in a desperate attempt to reunite. Along the way, mother and son face challenges and obstacles but never lose hope that they will one day be together again. Written by Fox Searchlight

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The Love Between a Mother and Son Knows No Boundaries See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some mature thematic elements | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

4 April 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Under the Same Moon See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,770,000, 23 March 2008, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,589,108, 13 July 2008
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Except for the Los Angeles exteriors, the film was shot in Mexico. See more »

Goofs

While looking through a box of Carlos' belongings he kept in her office, Doña Carmen finds a small photo album with the note "trabajos Mamá / Señora Maqjuensi / 323 2175021 / Señora Esnaide / 323 3961825" (at 1:29:56; in English the first line is "Mom works" or "Mom's jobs"). Doña Carmen presumably calls one or both of these numbers but is shown speaking on the phone to Señora Snyder (at 1:30:12) who wasn't listed on the note. (The spellings of womens' names shown in the note are undoubtedly phonetic-isms for "MacKenzie" and "Snyder", meaning that "Señora Snyder" actually IS listed on the note.) See more »

Quotes

Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos': My mom said that...
Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos': when I missed her...
Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos': I should look at the moon...
Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos': 'cause she'd be looking at it too...
Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos': so I could feel close to her...
Carlos Reyes 'Carlitos': and not be so sad.
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Connections

References Cars (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Exhaled
Written by Will Ferguson
Performed by Gie Few
Editora: Monkeyfactory (BMI)
Cortesía de: Pigfactory USA
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Excellent Movie
3 April 2008 | by travelintomSee all my reviews

I just saw it. This is one of the best movies that I have ever, ever seen. It goes to my top five list. Regardless of your view on immigration issues, this is a wonderful and so very human story. I am anxious to finish writing this so I can rush back to research the cast, the locations and the even the music.

The casting was perfect, the kid simply amazing. I hadn't seen Kate del Castillo before and will now look for more of her films. Maria Rojo had a minor role, I hadn't seen anything with her since Danzon and I still have a fan-crush. I knew of Derbez only as a comic before and was impressed with his dramatic performance. It pleased me that America Ferrara agreed to an appearance in a small role. I hope to see more of Maya Zapata too, what a doll.

Go see it now so you can recommend it to everyone you know, as I have. It makes me want to study Spanish harder just to get more of this film. And, yeah, I cried too.


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