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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 & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gael García Bernal ... Moises
Jeffrey Dean Morgan ... Sam
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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Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Mexico | France

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

13 April 2016 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Deserto 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:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Gael García Bernal and Marco Pérez appeared in Amores Perros (2000). See more »

Goofs

When the truck is flipped, it lands on the driver side. When they get out of it, the passenger side is severely damaged also. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Adela: [reading from a book] Leaving is a form of dying.
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Connections

Featured in My Second Vote: Me-O-Mentary II (2016) See more »

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Web Of Thorns
(uncredited)
Written by Woodkid
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What is the directors intention?
16 April 2017 | by shmittyfroSee all my reviews

Desierto is a movie that tries to tackle a very serious topic with a handful of caricatures and two very good actors which are lazily directed.

From a purely technical stance it tries to offer up some captivating shots during its first couple of minutes but it becomes quite clear as the movie progresses that Quaron does not know how to shoot a chase sequence, which this movie basically is. It's one big horror movie chase sequence that leaves a lot to desire in terms of dialog and pacing.

The most concerning thing is that one leaves the movie without knowing what the directors intentions were. Was it to shine a light on the topic? to make a polarizing movie? to get some sort of radical reaction from the viewer? to serve as a cautionary tale?

In any case, it ends up being a pretty tasteless and irresponsible treatment of a serious topic and it doesn't offer up anything else as a possible saving grace.


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