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(La Jaula de Oro)

The Golden Dream thumb
Director: Diego Quemada-Diez
Mexico / Spain 2013
102 minutes
Cert: CLUB
 

 

The title comes from a Mexican ballad, Jaula de Oro, about the despair of Mexicans who have actually made it into the US, but find it a "golden cage" because America accepts illegals' cheap labour without allowing them the papers they need to rise beyond the faceless servant class. Despite this, the US is still a magnet for the poor of Latin America. This tough, poetic and absorbing drama tells the story of three Mexican youths, excellently acted by non-professional leads, who battle their way north toward California's supposed promised land.

The Golden Dream thumb
The Golden Dream thumb