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The true story of the border town of Juarez, Mexico where since the mid-1990s thousands of women have gone missing or turned up as sun-burnt corpses in the desert. Can new police captain Blanca Bravo stop the savagery?

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Carlos Carrera

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Sabina Berman (screenplay), Sabina Berman
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Cast

Credited cast:
Ana de la Reguera ... Blanca
Asur Zagada Asur Zagada ... Juana Sanchez
Marco Pérez ... Fierro
Ivan Cortes Ivan Cortes ... Cutberto
Joaquín Cosio ... Peralta
Alejandro Calva ... Comandante
Jimmy Smits ... Mickey Santos
Carolina Politi ... Sara
Amorita Rasgado Amorita Rasgado ... Márgara
Enoc Leaño Enoc Leaño ... Gobernador
Adriana Paz Adriana Paz ... Hilda
Lisa Owen Lisa Owen ... Silvia
Sayed Badreya ... El Sultán
Juan Carlos Barreto ... Alvarez
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paloma Arredondo ... Elvia
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An astonishing fictional account of the unending series of murders of young women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, which began in 1996. Most of the victims are low-paid laborers who have been drawn to the town by the possibility of work at American-owned factories. In the film Mexican police officer Blanca Bravo is sent to Cuidad Juarez to investigate and comes to learn realities of these women's lives, as well as the truth about a police force and local power structure embodied by entrepreneur Mickey Santos that has ceased to care. Written by Human Rights Watch Film Festival

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Mexico

Language:

Spanish | Tzotzil | English

Release Date:

20 February 2009 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Traspatio See more »

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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

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2.35 : 1
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Mexico's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. See more »

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In the scenes located in Juarez Avenue, it can be seen "transborde" buses and a big led screen with publicity. Those were activated in late 2006. (The story occurs on 1996) See more »

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great work from Ana de la Reguera
30 August 2014 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

It's a fictionalized account of a long list of dead young women found in Juarez, Mexico during the 90s. They are all factory workers drawn to the new jobs. It's 1996. Police detective Blanca Bravo (Ana de la Reguera) is new and investigating the latest body found in the desert of Cuidad Juarez. The first documented case was 3 years ago and the police investigations have been incompetent. There is a lot of political and economical pressure to minimize the reality. The movie also follows Juanita who just arrived starting a new job at a factory. Bravo arrests a lowlife criminal and he calls businessman Mickey Santos (Jimmy Smits) for help. Santos is supposedly squeaky clean but he turns out to be a fellow sex offenders from El Paso. The governor is always pushing to put the case away.

I really like Ana de la Reguera. She's playing a smart cop in a world of compromises. She's carrying this movie on her shoulders. She adds another level by being a woman in a male dominated world. The setting is quite compelling. It's great to get the realistic locations. I do wish for better cinematography. However that's a small matter.


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