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The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro)

The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) (2013)


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This feature is a piercing and poetic road movie that follows the fortunes of four Guatemalan teenagers on a dangerous journey across the Mexican border into America.


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Director Diego Quemada-Díez condenses many acute observations about life as an emigrant into a sure-footed, credible story.

June 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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An assured and moving debut by director Diego Quemada-Díez.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

Honest, interesting and well done it is not an uplifting film.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Independent
Irish Independent

Despite a tough and rather bleak story, this Central American drama is bolstered by strikingly beautiful cinematography and involving characters.

June 30, 2014 Full Review Source:

At once urgent, defiant, and heartbreaking.

June 29, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

If you want screen teens to break your heart this summer, then give The Fault in Our Stars a miss in favour of this epic South American adventure.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

It works equally well as a Huckleberry Finn-like adventure story and as a brutal realist drama highlighting the exploitation of young migrants.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent

The performances are spirited and touching and cinematographer María Secco expertly frames the vulnerable youngsters against various hostile environments.

June 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

A beguiling, heartbreaking first feature from Diego Quemada-Diez.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

Quemada-Díez loves his characters and is enthusiastic in coaxing joy from their prematurely aged and scowling faces but he doesn't soft-pedal their fates.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: New Statesman
New Statesman

The performances are tremendous.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Guatemalan teens attempt to break into the US a film which offers little new both politically and aesthetically.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Quemada-Diez worked on three Ken Loach films, starting with Land and Freedom in the Spaniard's home country. The apprentice's own first act of sorcery is simple and compelling.

June 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

Quemada-Díez doesn't play soft, and the stinging climax really sticks with you.

June 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

A tough yet tender and beautifully crafted human drama that more than earns those Loach comparisons.

June 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Diez has created one of the year's most scathing looks at one of the world's most misrepresented human acts

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: The Playlist
The Playlist

The point of view is effortlessly empathetic. In a year where there have already been numerous films showcasing great non-professional casts ..., this one joins the ranks.

July 10, 2013 Full Review Source:

What the director has crafted here is charmless misery porn sorely in need of a personality transplant.

May 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

It is a very substantial movie, with great compassion and urgency.

May 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

Audience Reviews for The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro)

A beautiful, harrowing an brilliant film with some of the most natural performances I've ever seen. Director Quemada-Diez is a protegee of Ken Loach and his debut film is every bit as good as Loach's finest output. A masterpiece.
August 16, 2014

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