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La Yuma (2009)

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This is the story of Yuma a strong-willed and rebellious girl from the poor neighborhoods of Managua who dreams of being a boxer.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alma Blanco ... Virginia Roa 'La Yuma'
Rigoberto Mayorga ... Culebra
Gabriel Benavides ... Ernesto
Juan Carlos García ... La Cubana
Eliézer Traña ... Yader
María Esther López ... Scarlett
Salvador Espinoza ... Alfonso
Sobeyda Téllez ... La Yuma's Mother
Guillermo Martínez ... Polvorita
Emir Cabezas ... El Down
Raul Cabeza ... El Down
Jerson Espinoza ... El Guapo
Elton Valverde ... El Chino
Marlon Tapia ... El Gato
Mauricio Bustamante ... Gabriel


This is the story of Yuma a strong-willed and rebellious girl from the poor neighborhoods of Managua who dreams of being a boxer.

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Release Date:

29 September 2010 (France)  »

Also Known As:

La Yuma - Die Rebellin  »

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1.66 : 1
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Performed by Grupo LBC [Mista Tug (Oscar Hernández), Chev 1 (Francisco Bautista) and Cumiche (Camilo) Bautista) ]
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Rough, tough and fulled with tears
5 January 2011 | by See all my reviews

La Yuma is a beautiful, yet cruel movie. It can make you sad or fill you with hope, depending on your own nature. Some people have said that this little movie is a Third World version of Million Dollar Baby, but apart the fact that both movies show female box, they are two completely different pieces of cinema.

It's also a very unusual movie for those who are used to American or European movies. But, being a Latin-American, I was able to identify myself with the reality shown in the movie, which is very close to my country's.

La Yuma (in a great performance of Alma Blanco) is a rough girl that lives in a poor region of Nicaragua. Her brother and friends are criminals, her stepfather abuses of her sister and she lives in complete poverty. She tries to outcome her own reality of misery with box, and falls in love with a young college student. But, each time things seem to be working out for her, faith decides to mess everything up.

Alma Blano delivers a heartbreaking performance as Yuma, being, at the same time, very strong and very fragile. The script is very realistic, and doesn't try to romanticize the history of Yuma. This is, in fact, a heartbreaking, yet hopeful movie. And it really deserves your viewing.

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