Set in the 1920s, Tijuana, during U.S. Prohibition, we follow CARMEN, a wildly intelligent and ambitious woman who aids her husband in becoming the Chief of Police to orchestrate the launch of her own tequila-smuggling business.


Mary-Lyn Chambers
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ilana Kohanchi ... Carmen Sanchez (as Ilana Guralnik)
David 'Blak' Plascencia ... Manuel Sanchez
Enrique Castillo ... Mayor Juarez
Ruby Pedroza ... Eleonor Sanchez
Art Bonilla ... Ernesto
Daniel Edward Mora ... Francisco
Matt Medrano ... Jaime Gonzales
Martin Morales Martin Morales ... Enrique
Jaime Alvarez ... Roberto Gonzales
Elena Rojas Elena Rojas ... Nanny
Emily Brooks ... Lala
Maria-Laura Quintero ... Maria
Hayden James ... Pedro (as Hayden James Farrell)
Mark Krenik ... American Businessman
Robby Stjernholm Robby Stjernholm ... American Businessman


In the 1920s, Tijuana was a magnet for movie stars, mobsters, and dignitaries escaping the doldrums of Prohibition. Born into a well-to-do French family, Carmen was sent to Mexico to marry a prominent Mexican businessman. Upon porting, she escaped with the fierce determination to be the author of her own life. Well educated and able to speak several languages, coupled with a sophisticated business savvy, Carmen was fully equipped to survive. Recognizing the opportunity, she marries the soon-to-be Tijuana Chief of Police. With access to the Mayor, a Tequila distillery, and a local hotel owner, Carmen orchestrates the most lucrative business of the day - Smuggling alcohol into the United States. It's like Peaky Blinders meets House of Cards with the glamor of Downton Abbey on Tequila - and helmed by a woman.

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What in the?
15 December 2019 | by MaggieQ-publicSee all my reviews

Who in the world pushed this through? We are experiencing an indulgent of mediocrity to promote political agendas. The victims of are average, movie going American's and their taste. The rallying cry from Hollywood should not be: "we need more women directors (which often has turned out to be white, American - caucasion, women)!" The rallying cry should be: we need more talented people behind the camera with different perspectives. And they need to be TALENTED. Not just women, not just because they're of color. Tijuana the movie feels extremely episodic, and melodramatic in the worse sense of the word. The more stuff like this that gets pushed through gatekeeper festivals like slamdance, sundance et. al. the less these festival organizations will be taken seriously.

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26 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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