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La jaula de oro (2013)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 May 2014 (Mexico)
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A road movie about teenage immigrants and their journey to the U.S.
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Three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala travel to the US in search of a better life.Travelling together in cargo trains, walking on the railroad tracks, they soon have to face a harsh reality.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Brandon López Brandon López ... Juan
Rodolfo Domínguez Rodolfo Domínguez ... Chauk
Karen Martínez Karen Martínez ... Sara
Carlos Chajon Carlos Chajon ... Samuel
Héctor Tahuite Héctor Tahuite ... Gregorio
Ricardo Esquerra Ricardo Esquerra ... Vitamina
Luis Alberti Luis Alberti ... Hombre con Machete
César Bañuelos César Bañuelos ... Jefe Secuestro Tren
Gilberto Barraza ... Coyote
Juan Carlos Medellin Juan Carlos Medellin ... Policía
Salvador Ramírez Jiménez Salvador Ramírez Jiménez ... Policía
José Concepción Macías José Concepción Macías ... Jacinto
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ramon Medina Ramon Medina
Ramón Medína Ramón Medína ... Kaliman
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Storyline

Juan, Sara, and Samuel, three teenagers from the slums of Guatemala, travel to the United States in search of a better life. On their journey through Mexico, they meet Chauk, an Indian from Chiapas who doesn't speak Spanish. Traveling together in freight trains and walking on railroad tracks, they soon have to face an odyssey that will change their lives forever. Written by Anonymous

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Drama

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Country:

Mexico | Spain | Guatemala

Language:

Spanish | Tzotzil

Release Date:

9 May 2014 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

A Jaula de Ouro See more »

Filming Locations:

Guatemala See more »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

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Color

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2.39 : 1
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The first version of the movie was about 2 and a half hours. See more »

Quotes

Chauk: [in spanish] Brother...
Juan: [in spanish] So Chauk, you finally learn some spanish. But I'm not your brother.
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Gripping and atypical Mexican immigration story
26 September 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE GOLDEN DREAM is a quietly gripping story about illegal immigrants from Guatemala striving to reach the US where they can begin the new life of their dreams. The narrative adopts the format of a road movie which follows four different characters as they suffer many trials and tribulations in their attempts to head north. This is a Mexican movie although it does well to put across life in Guatemala. It's low budget but grimly effective, but also one of the more depressing films I've watched; not quite REQUIEM FOR A DREAM levels of depression, but getting there.

This is a harsh and realistic film in which the characters find themselves abused by various people smugglers and corrupt officials and suffer the consequences of their actions throughout. As a 12 certificate movie it leaves a lot of the more explicit material off screen but I found this to be more effective than in, say, an explicit film like HELI, because the power of the human imagination is infinitely greater than anything that can be put up on film.

The performances from the young cast are electrifying and the characters carefully delineated. Brandon Lopez is the brash head strong youth who has to learn a few life lessons en route. Karen Martinez is the heartbreaking girl who has to disguise herself as a boy just to survive. Best of all is Rodolfo Diminguez as the Mayan-descended lad whose tribal language means that the viewer as well as the other characters never find out what he's saying. Despite this he warms the heart with his oh-so-human portrayal of a boy driven to find a better world and a better life. Throughout the darkness there are a few touching moments and the excellent and thoughtful direction makes this one to watch.


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