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La delgada línea amarilla (2015)

PG-13 | | Drama | 16 October 2015 (USA)
Five men are hired to paint the lines of a road. Painting 1 km/hour is slow enough to learn the lines between good and evil, laughter and despair, life and death. The challenges they face will change their lives forever.


Celso R. García
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Damián Alcázar ... Toño
Joaquín Cosio ... Gabriel
Silverio Palacios ... Atayde
Gustavo Sánchez Parra ... Mario
Américo Hollander Américo Hollander ... Pablo
Fernando Becerril ... Ingeniero
Tara Parra ... Doña Carmen
Sara Juárez ... Lucía
Enoc Leaño Enoc Leaño ... Ramiro
Fermín Martínez Fermín Martínez ... Mecánico
Alejandro Cruz Alejandro Cruz ... Hombre de llantera
Erick Vega Erick Vega ... Joven conductor en curva
Andrés Pardave Andrés Pardave ... Recepcionista de hotel
Aldo Lechuga Aldo Lechuga ... Despachador de gasolina
Tomihuatzin Tomihuatzin ... Encargado de gasolinera (as Tomihuatzi)


Five men are hired to paint the lines of a road. Painting 1 km/hour is slow enough to learn the lines between good and evil, laughter and despair, life and death. The challenges they face will change their lives forever.

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16 October 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thin Yellow Line See more »

Filming Locations:

San Luis Potosí, Mexico

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2.35 : 1
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Eight steps to recitation
28 December 2017 | by EdgarSTSee all my reviews

A gang of five road laborers has the task of painting the discontinuous yellow line between two Mexican towns, under inclement sun, camping during cold night and finishing the work before the rains come. The crew consists of a watchman, a waiter, a circus worker, a thief and a truck driver, all previously unemployed. The instruction is to take five steps painting the line with a machine that atomizes the paint on the road and then take another eight steps without painting. This strategy is similar to the structure of Celso García's script, who debuted as a director with "The Thin Yellow Line", under the auspice of producers Bertha Navarro ("Reed: Insurgent Mexico"), Alejandro Springall ("Santitos") and Guillermo del Toro ("The Labyrinth of the Faun"). The idea is valid. The problem is that every eight steps equates to pauses in the action so all five men can make forced statements of their personal pasts. In contrast, the five steps of work are the most interesting. When the five men work or solve obstacles, their actions define them better than their (often-overemotional) recitations of what happened to them in the past. The five actors are very good and they do the best they can with their dialogues. But besides this weak point of the script, you have montages of scenes of "camaraderie" with gay music, overused resolutions and shots (for example, when a patient is carried in gurney, we the audience watch the ceiling and lights), a bitch that adds the "Disney touch ", a short flirt with a beautiful girl, plus a gruesome ending. As a result it turns into a poor drama instead of a plausible first work.

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