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La zona (2007)

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Residents of an enclosed neighborhood in the middle of Mexico DF are shocked by a violent crime, and for one resident in particular, young Alejandro, the drama is ratcheted up when he encounters the lone kid who escaped the event and is hiding out within the neighborhood's borders.

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Rodrigo Plá

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Laura Santullo, Laura Santullo (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Daniel
Daniel Tovar ... Alejandro
Alan Chávez Alan Chávez ... Miguel
Carlos Bardem ... Gerardo
Mario Zaragoza Mario Zaragoza ... Comandante Rigoberto
Marina de Tavira ... Andrea
Maribel Verdú ... Mariana
Fernando Becerril ... De La Garza
Andrés Montiel ... Diego
Claudio Obregón ... Ricardo
Blanca Guerra ... Lucía
Mayra Serbulo Mayra Serbulo ... Ernestina (as Mayra Sérbulo)
Asur Zagada Asur Zagada ... Carolina
Germán Valdés III Germán Valdés III ... Eddie (as Germán Váldez)
Pablo Aron López Pablo Aron López ... Mauricio (as Pablo Arón López)
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In Mexico City, a wealthy compound is surrounded by walls and surveillance system to protect the locals against the violence of the slums. During a stormy night, a billboard falls over the wall and three smalltime thieves cross the border through the breach to rob. They break into a house and kill an old lady; the residents organize militias to chase the delinquents. Two of them and one security guard are murdered by the vigilantes, but the sixteen year old Miguel hides in the basement of the teenager Alejandro. When Alejandro finds Miguel, he feeds and helps the boy, but it is impossible to escape from the Zone. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Thriller

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Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Memento Films [France]

Country:

Spain | Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

9 November 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Zona See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Harto de la vida
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Life in a Third World Big City
3 August 2008 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Mexico City, a wealthy compound is surrounded by walls and surveillance system to protect the locals against the violence of the slums. During a stormy night, a billboard falls over the wall and three smalltime thieves cross the border through the breach to rob. They break into a house and kill an old lady; the residents organize militias to chase the delinquents. Two of them and one security guard are murdered by the vigilantes, but the sixteen year old Miguel (Alan Chávez) hides in the basement of the teenager Alejandro (Daniel Tovar). When Alejandro finds Miguel, he feeds and helps the boy, but it is impossible to escape from the Zone.

"La Zone" reflects the life in a Third World big city, where the afraid middle-class lives in houses, compounds and buildings surrounded and under siege of slums and protected by walls, fences and gates. Further, it shows the corruption in the police, where the work of an honest policeman is affected by the general corruption. This drama unravels how dangerous might be the principle of an eye for en eye and when common people becomes vigilantes. The performances are very realistic, giving a total credibility to the plot. The DVD released by the Brazilian distributor Dreamland Filmes has a problem and for accessing the last chapter, the viewer needs to go to "Scene Selection" in the Menu, otherwise the DVD stops. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Zona do Crime" ("Zone of the Crime")


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