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José (2018)

Not Rated | | Drama | 31 January 2020 (USA)
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José lives with his mother in Guatemala. It's a tough life in one of the most violent and religious countries. When he meets Luis, he's thrust into new-found passion and pain.


Li Cheng
9 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Enrique Salanic Enrique Salanic ... Jose
Manolo Herrera Manolo Herrera ... Luis
Ana Cecilia Mota Ana Cecilia Mota ... Mom
Jhakelyn Waleska Gonzalez Gonzalez Jhakelyn Waleska Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Monica
Esteban Lopez Ramirez Esteban Lopez Ramirez ... Carlos
Cesar Lorenzo Yojcom Candido Cesar Lorenzo Yojcom Candido ... Manager
Juan Andres Molina Cardona Juan Andres Molina Cardona ... Juan
Alba Irene Lemus Alba Irene Lemus ... Grandma
Carlos Humberto Fuentes Maldonado Carlos Humberto Fuentes Maldonado ... Dancing teacher
Jennifer Cecilia Amoia Mota Jennifer Cecilia Amoia Mota ... Sister
Evelyn Celinda Bautista Torres Evelyn Celinda Bautista Torres ... Luis's mom
Jashua Belvino Argueta Mejia Jashua Belvino Argueta Mejia ... Paolo
Valeria Maribel Xutuc Reyes Valeria Maribel Xutuc Reyes ... Emma
Mytian Ticas Mytian Ticas ... Unattractive guy
Rony Andres Saavedra Rony Andres Saavedra ... Bus boy


José (19 years old) lives with his Mother (50s) in Guatemala: a tough life in one of the most violent and religious countries. His life is his phone, crowded buses, work in the street and random sex. When he meets Luis, he's thrust into new-found passion and pain.

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..longing in Guatemala, a simple story about love See more »




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Over 600 people, coming from all over Guatemala, attended the open castings for the film See more »

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Episodic but compelling
8 July 2020 | by laduqesaSee all my reviews

I watched this at home on a TV set. I sometimes wonder what time it is during a film or how much longer we have to go. Not this one though. It really held my attention.

The story follows the protagonist through work, his love life, his relationship with his mum and other family members. Things happen, such as a theft of equipment from the mother and a phone from the lover, that are not followed up in this film of fleeting episodes. It doesn't matter - there is no "plot" as such, just events that unfold linearly but not necessarily consequentially.

It's a sad film overall. We take things for granted in the west about openness and acceptance, but these are not options in Jose's world.

The actors and settings are totally realistic. The moments of physical love, despite the occasionally sordid nature of the locations are happy and joyful. The grind and monotony of daily life kicks back in though.

The way the film ended was unexpected, but when I thought about it, I realised that this, or a similar ending, was unavoidable.

I really liked this film and would recommend it.

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Release Date:

31 January 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

José See more »

Filming Locations:

Guatemala City, Guatemala See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,191, 2 February 2020

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Company Credits

Production Co:

YQstudio LLC See more »
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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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