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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 man who has taken border patrol duties into his own racist hands.

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2 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Moises
... Sam
... Adela
... Mechas
... Lobo
David Peralta Arreola ... Ulises
Óscar Flores Guerrero ... Ramiro
Erik Vázquez ... Coyote
... Border Patrol
Aquileo De Jesús Calihua ... Migrant
Dionicio Roberto Avilés García ... Migrant
Víctor Alfonso Zárate Mendoza ... Migrant
Claudia Angélica Amador Castellanos ... Migrant
Francisco Jhonnathan Toscano Usnaya ... Migrant
Dolores Micaela Guzmán Méndez ... Migrant
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Storyline

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. Written by https://www.themoviedb.org/movie/258363-desierto

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A chase where only the strongest survive. See more »

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Drama | Thriller

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

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Release Date:

13 April 2016 (France)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$514,282, 16 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,828,933, 6 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,607,334, 30 October 2016
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Not a single scene has been shot indoors. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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[first lines]
Adela: [reading from a book] Leaving is a form of dying.
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Referenced in Filmbarátok Podcast: Episode #1.121 (2017) See more »

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Shoot Them Down
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Written by Woodkid
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TIFF 2015 -- Desierto: Running in the desert while being chased by a racist with a sniper
20 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Gael García Bernal is one of many migrants who tries to cross into the United States in 'Desierto'. While he and many other migrants attempt to enter the United States via badlands and flat desert, the majority of them are picked off by a crazy, racist sniper. Bernal and a few others attempt to flee the crazy racist before they're left to rot in the desert.

This film pretty much had no script. What ever little dialogue it had wasn't terribly important, and the villain of the piece talked either to himself or his dog about getting out of the Hell that he lived in while near the border. This was confusing, considering how much he was defending his land from migrants, yet he wanted to leave the Hell that he was living in.

Also, when one watches a film in a packed theatre and people are laughing at important scenes, then either something was lost in translation, or the movie is a farce, and this movie wasn't lost in translation by any means. The villain was plain terrible.

At the Toronto International Film Festival, it won the the FIPRESCI Prize for Special Presentations. Feel like I need an explanation about this.

While it was shot in a decent way, one hopes that Jonás Cuarón pieces together a better script in the future.


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