Backyard (El traspatio) (2009)

Backyard (El traspatio)





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Mexico City Police Academy graduate Blanca Bravo is young, strong, stern and idealistic when she's confronted with a series of murdered women. Blanca begins investigating, and very soon discovers a society at odds with itself; a society alienated by injustice and violence - and by the indifference of its people. Based on events that took place in 1996 in the Mexican border town of Juarez.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Sabina Berman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 26, 2010



as Peralta

as Comandante

as Mickey Santos

as Gobernador

as El Sultán

as Silvia
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Full Review… | January 27, 2012
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Audience Reviews for Backyard (El traspatio)

Carrera and screenwriter Sabina Berman approach a serious social matter with much competence, presenting us the open wound of Cd. Juárez, Mexico, a land in turmoil over an appaling series of unceasing sexually-related murders of women.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Wow! Did Mexico choose the wrong film to submit for the 2009 Academy Awards or what?

It has to be a pretty shitty year in movies to think BACKYARD's the best our country has to offer, especially after the incredible ARRÁNCAME LA VIDA ("Tear This Heart Out", last year's submission).

Clichéd, filled with plot holes and cartoonish characters, BACKYARD turns one of Mexico's worst crises (female murders in Ciudad Juárez) into a joke. Revered writer Sabina Berman fails, providing a laughable script.

Carlos Carrera might just be Mexico's most overrated director, so I expected more disappointing work from him (after EL CRIMEN DEL PADRE AMARO). I was right: everything but the first and last scene is garbage. Amid all this waste of celluloid, Ana de la Reguera's sublime performance is a breath of fresh air. The girl can act.

From the director of ¨The Crime of Father Amaro¨ and with a script of Sabina Berman which offers an interesting, raw and cruel vision of the case of ' The deceaseds of Juarez ' where Blanca(a police officer) will have to climb, with the support of the only urban local censor (the announcer of radio interpreted by Joaquín Cosio), a wall of indifference, concealment and complicity lifted in the proper instances of government and pursuit of justice, as atrocious as the proper acts of theft, violation, torture, mutilation and strangulation carried out on the victims.
The performances, directing and cinematography are excellent.
Worth a check.

John Me

Super Reviewer

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