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The Golden Dream (2013)

La jaula de oro (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | October 2015 (USA)
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A road movie about teenage immigrants and their journey to the U.S.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Brandon López ... Juan
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:
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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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

Mexico | Spain | Guatemala

Language:

Spanish | Tzotzil

Release Date:

October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La Jaula De Oro: The Golden Dream See more »

Filming Locations:

Guatemala See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,021,223
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Trivia

The priest that appears in the movie is actually Fr. Solalinde, famous for his work of charity with migrants entering Mexico from Central America. 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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The mythical city of El Dorado - opportunity in US
15 February 2016 | by cekadahSee all my reviews

In this story El Dorado is the myth of economic opportunity in the USA! It doesn't exist in the 21st century yet the story, the myth, the legend, lives on. And our three main characters, Juan, Chauk, and Sara, learn this the hard way.

In "The Golden Dream" three native Central Americans head north to find the promise in the myth of opportunity in the USA. To achieve this goal they put their very lives on the line; for to travel as a peasant is precarious at best. They encounter danger, kindness, injury, and conflict. From the very start the three - Juan, Chauk, and Sara - must communicate between themselves and this is a problem as Chauk does not speak Spanish.

This film is beautifully photographed, has minimal dialog, and the three travelers capture your heart and hopes. The story of their traveling together will keep you on the edge of your seat wondering what their next danger will be and will they make it? Juan learns first had how cruel and false the myth is. But at movies end you the viewer are left to decide for yourself if Juan found his reward or does he feel lost, lonely, and forgotten.

This is easily one of those must see films because it is both beautiful to see yet disturbing to comprehend how immigrants are willing to suffer danger and death to find the elusive American dream.


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