The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) (2013)
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Director Diego Quemada-Díez condenses many acute observations about life as an emigrant into a sure-footed, credible story.
Despite a tough and rather bleak story, this Central American drama is bolstered by strikingly beautiful cinematography and involving characters.
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.
It works equally well as a Huckleberry Finn-like adventure story and as a brutal realist drama highlighting the exploitation of young migrants.
The performances are spirited and touching and cinematographer María Secco expertly frames the vulnerable youngsters against various hostile environments.
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.
Guatemalan teens attempt to break into the US a film which offers little new both politically and aesthetically.
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.
Quemada-Díez doesn't play soft, and the stinging climax really sticks with you.
A tough yet tender and beautifully crafted human drama that more than earns those Loach comparisons.
Diez has created one of the year's most scathing looks at one of the world's most misrepresented human acts
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.
What the director has crafted here is charmless misery porn sorely in need of a personality transplant.
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