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The Girl (2012)

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A young Texan mother who loses her child to foster care begins smuggling Mexicans across the border.

Director:

David Riker

Writer:

David Riker
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Abbie Cornish ... Ashley
Geoffrey Rivas ... Manager
Austin West Austin West ... Georgie (as Austin Wayne West)
Annalee Jefferies ... Gloria
Will Patton ... Tommy
Giovanna Zacarías ... Enriqueta
Luci Christian ... Sally
Harold Torres ... Isidro
Javier Zaragoza Javier Zaragoza ... Felix
Abel Lopez Marroquin Abel Lopez Marroquin ... Pancho
Ángeles Cruz Ángeles Cruz ... Rosa's Mother (as Angeles Cruz)
Maritza Santiago Hernandez Maritza Santiago Hernandez ... Rosa
Raúl Castillo ... Border Agent
Hanne Jiménez Turcott Hanne Jiménez Turcott ... Waitress
Heber Garnica Heber Garnica ... Car Wash Man
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A single mother loses custody of her young son while struggling to make ends meet, but takes control of her own fate after meeting a desperate Mexican girl who lost her mother while sneaking over the border into the U.S. Ashley (Abbie Cornish) is a 20-something mother still reeling from the loss of her son to Social Services when a surprise visit from her truck-driver father presents an opportunity to make some quick cash as a coyote. Having recently lost her job at a big box store in Austin, she quietly begins smuggling Mexicans over the border in hopes of staying afloat financially. Then, one night, she crosses paths with a young girl whose mother vanished while crossing a river in the dead of night. Determined not to get involved, Ashley tries in vain to keep a distance from the girl, but eventually finds her conscience stirred by the innocent child's plight. Over the next few days Ashley joins the frightened child in attempting to locate her missing mother. Meanwhile, the mother ...

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The journey will change her forever

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic material including violence/disturbing images, and for language and smoking | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Emily Blunt was attached to the project but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Abbie Cornish was later cast. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ashley: You want to help, Mr. Chavez?
Manager: Of course.
Ashley: Then why don't you give me a raise? I've been here a year already. They told me I would get a raise after three months.
Manager: You didn't get a raise because of your attitude.
Ashley: What's wrong with my attitude?
Manager: Look, Ashley, I have to treat you the same way I treat everyone else.
Ashley: Is that right? Why is it I always get the worst shift? I mean, everyone knows that you like Mexican girls best, the place is full of them.
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Soundtracks

Puñalada Al Corazon
Written and Performed by Xocoyotzin Herrera
Courtesy of LMS Records
Under License from Latin Music Specialists
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Abbie Cornish in her most challenging role
25 February 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Ashley (Abbie Cornish) is a poor Texan mother who loses custody of her son after a drunk driving incident. She desperately wants her son back from foster care. Her father Tommy (Will Patton) lives on the Mexican side of Loredo. She discovers that he traffics illegals over the border. While over in Mexico, she tries to organize a crossing for $500 per person. However the group gets swept away. She's left with a little girl whose mother drowned. Her father's advise is to simply walk away.

Director/writer David Riker's story is a simplified idea culminating in what exactly Ashley will do with the girl. The movie depends mostly on Abbie Cornish's performance. She's very stone-faced in most of this movie. I see the frustrated 'stressed' woman that she's portraying. It's a very subtle performance although a few additional animated scenes would be great. The combative little girl is done well.


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

6 December 2013 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Az embercsempész See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,164, 10 March 2013

Gross USA:

$35,048

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,048
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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