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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.

Director:

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

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Cast

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
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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 »

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

Mexico | France

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

13 April 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bienvenue au pays de la liberté See more »

Filming Locations:

Baja California, Mexico See more »

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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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Lew Temple have appeared in The Walking Dead (2010). Temple played inmate Axel back in the prison episodes in season three, and Morgan plays Negan in season six and beyond. See more »

Goofs

Sam has a truck, a dog and what appears to be a topographical map of the area where he's hunting. Since he can cover far more area, a great deal faster, than the people who he's hunting, why exactly is he chasing them? See more »

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[first lines]
Adela: [reading from a book] Leaving is a form of dying.
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Featured in My Second Vote: Me-O-Mentary II (2016) See more »

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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 Brap-2See 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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