The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) (2015)
Critic Consensus: With The Golden Dream, director Diego Quemada-Díez weaves a compassionate tale built on piercing honesty -- and outstanding work from an inexperienced cast.
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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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Critic Reviews for The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro)
What these kids endure could easily read as melodrama on the page, but the movie - with its shaky camera work and amateur cast, including extras who were actual migrants - maintains a stark realism.
"La Jaula de Oro" may seem like a rehash of old news. But don't be deceived.
The filmmaking is fluid and electric; the acting, precise; the archetypal storytelling, seamless and brutal.
Adding a welcome dynamism to the unobtrusive silent-witness storytelling approach so much in vogue on the international art-cinema scene, Quemada-Diez assembles "La jaula de oro" out of moments rich in action, humor and intrigue.
Through little dialogue, mostly improvised by the nonprofessional cast, Quemada-Díez creates much compassion toward his young travelers and the emotional truths they uncover.
Audience Reviews for The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro)
What Quemada-Diez did here was make a most realistic and definitive cinematic portrayal of the journey undertaken by all those migrants who set out full of hope after the American Dream but find themselves caught in a devastating nightmare that should teach us all something about solidarity.
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.
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