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Sin Nombre (2009)

Sin nombre (original title)
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A Honduran young girl and a Mexican gangster are united in a journey across the American border.

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Cary Joji Fukunaga (as Cary Jôji Fukunaga)
14 wins & 18 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marco Antonio Aguirre Marco Antonio Aguirre ... Big Lips
Leonardo Alonso ... Policía Judicial
Karla Cecilia Alvarado Karla Cecilia Alvarado ... Marera
Juan Pablo Arias Barrón Juan Pablo Arias Barrón ... Niño #3
Rosalba Belén Barrón Rosalba Belén Barrón ... Niño #2
Felipe Castro Felipe Castro ... Marero (as Sixto Felipe Castro)
Rosalba Quintana Cruz Rosalba Quintana Cruz ... Tierra Blanca Mujer
Marcela Feregrino Marcela Feregrino ... Kimberly
Kristyan Ferrer ... El Smiley (as Kristian Ferrer)
Edgar Flores ... Willy 'El Casper'
Giovani Florido ... El Sipe (as Giovanni Florido)
Paulina Gaitan ... Sayra
Ariel Galvan Ariel Galvan ... Migrante #1
Diana García ... Martha Marlene
Gabriela Garibaldi Gabriela Garibaldi ... Diana

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Storyline

Honduran teenager Sayra reunites with her father, an opportunity for her to potentially realize her dream of a life in the U.S. Moving to Mexico is the first step in a fateful journey of unexpected events. Written by IMDb Editors

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The greatest sin of all is risking nothing.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Cary Fukunaga spent two years researching the film, spending time with people on the trains and with gangsters in Central America. He also used two gang members to script edit making the slang and language as up to date and realistic as possible. See more »

Goofs

The teardrop tattoo on el Casper's right eye is missing in two consecutive scenes on the top of the train but is visible on his face throughout the movie both before and after these scenes on the train. Interestingly, the tattoo is an important identifying mark/symbol in the movie and is specifically highlighted by gang members when asking locals if they have seen Casper as they try to find him and hunt him down. See more »

Quotes

Sayra: Back home, my friend Clarissa made me see this crazy neighbor, Doña Eleanor, you know, like witchcraft? She smoked this puro, then told me with her freaky voice that I'd make it to the U.S. but not in God's hand, perhaps in the Devil's.
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Soundtracks

Cumbia del Informe
Written by Zaratrustra Vázquez Ruíz)
Performed by Sonido Changorama
Courtesy of Discos Tormento
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Without a name indeed...
18 April 2009 | by loco_73See all my reviews

Let's be clear from the outset, this is a dark, bleak and violent movie. The episodes in-between the on-screen savagery, consist of a lot of regret, anxiety and a deep, deep sadness.

Having said that, I also think that this is one of the most important movies I have seen in quite awhile, buried unfortunately amidst the clutter of beginning-of-the-year garbage releases and the upcoming summer blockbusters. I wish this movie had a much higher profile, in fact I think that this movie should be required viewing in high-schools all across the US and Canada.

It should also be seen by all those people who think about immigrants as a pest and as parasites who come to take away their jobs and be a drain on their resources, abusing the social system or whatever. The same people who watch Lou Dobbs and his "one man crusade" to save America from the invading plague of illegals. The minute-men who gleefully think that the wall now separating the US from Mexico is the greatest thing since the pyramids. The same people that after having spewed their vitriol, hatred and bile against immigrants have no problem with Juan mowing their lawn and Consuela looking after their snot-nosed mortally obese children, and Miguel picking-up all the s*it they leave in the streets, malls and every other place one can throw garbage in.

Maybe, just maybe, watching this movie will at least give them a glimpse into the lives, backgrounds and destinies of these people, who are abused, mistreated and forgotten by almost everybody, people who basically have come to symbolize a type of disposable human garbage, that truly are without a face, an identity and "sin nombre", without name. Perhaps we could all come to understand what it is that drives these waves of humanity to risk it all for even the promise of a better future. Then we could all come to realize that "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" are not exclusively American values, but rather universal values to which all people aspire to.

Even amidst all the doom and gloom of the movie there are some sublime moments of beauty, humanity and yes even hope. It was quite hard at times for me to watch this movie, not because of what I saw, but because I can relate to what I saw and be reminded of a time in my life I wish I could forget, but know I can't. It will be part of me until the day I die. I want people to learn and understand instead of being so quick to judge and dismiss the plight of other fellow human beings.

WHAT WOULD YOU DO IF THE SITUATION WAS REVERSED?


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Country:

Mexico | USA

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

17 April 2009 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sin Nombre See more »

Filming Locations:

Torreón, Coahuíla, Mexico

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$81,446, 22 March 2009

Gross USA:

$2,536,665

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$5,102,705
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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