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Desierto (2015)

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A group of people trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States encounter a racist man who has taken border patrol duties into his own hands.


Jonás Cuarón
2 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Gael García Bernal ... Moises
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Sam
Alondra Hidalgo Alondra Hidalgo ... Adela
Diego Cataño ... Mechas
Marco Pérez ... Lobo
David Peralta Arreola David Peralta Arreola ... Ulises
Óscar Flores Guerrero Óscar Flores Guerrero ... Ramiro
Erik Vázquez Erik Vázquez ... Coyote
Lew Temple ... Border Patrol
Aquileo De Jesús Calihua Aquileo De Jesús Calihua ... Migrant
Dionicio Roberto Avilés García Dionicio Roberto Avilés García ... Migrant
Víctor Alfonso Zárate Mendoza Víctor Alfonso Zárate Mendoza ... Migrant
Claudia Angélica Amador Castellanos Claudia Angélica Amador Castellanos ... Migrant
Francisco Jhonnathan Toscano Usnaya Francisco Jhonnathan Toscano Usnaya ... Migrant
Dolores Micaela Guzmán Méndez Dolores Micaela Guzmán Méndez ... Migrant


A group of Mexican emigrants attempts to cross the Mexican-US border. What begins as a hopeful journey becomes a harrowing, bloody and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante and his loyal Belgian Malinois dog chase the group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous borderland. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they discover there's nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


A chase where only the strongest survive. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Director Jonas Cuarón is the son of Alfonso Cuarón, director of Y Tú Mamá Tambien (2001), and Gravity (2013). See more »


Color of Jim Beam is wrong (too orange), and froths like sweet tea. A guy swilling whiskey from the bottle while driving is unlikely to have alcohol free beer (O'Doul's) in the cup holder. A guy drinking tea from a bottle and near-beer from a can is probably not a hardened killer. More likely an actor trying to stay hydrated and sober. See more »


[first lines]
Adela: [reading from a book] Leaving is a form of dying.
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Gritty, on the edge
13 December 2015 | by lopamudraxSee all my reviews

Desierto Griity, at the edge. human and inhumane nature of the species called homo sapiens. Given the refugee scenario all across the world this movie has a lot of significance.

Instead of a maniac killing the illegal immigrants creeping across the border its the political and government that's murdering the journey of the refugees.

The environment is harsh and yes they are ironically called the bad lands. True that but humanity is not bad right? We are not born with prejudice. That is instilled in us with our surroundings.

Can we not as a race merge the borders and stop the racism, sexism and all other isms and just enjoy how the earth meant us to?

On the movie, the acting and the bare knuckle direction gripped till the end. It rattled just like the snakes and made sure we were alert at all steps.

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Spanish | English

Release Date:

13 April 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Desierto See more »

Filming Locations:

Baja California, Mexico See more »


Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$514,282, 16 October 2016

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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