Backyard

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Officer Blanca Bravo (Ana de la Reguera) arrives in Juarez, Mexico -- a grim nexus of corporate colonialism and sexual tourism -- to investigate a rash of killings targeting female migrant workers. But with no help from the locals, bringing the responsible parties to justice becomes a frustrating exercise. As Bravo rails against indifference and local corruption, she finds herself on a collision course with Mickey Santos (Jimmy Smits), a Mexican mogul with a taste for young prostitutes.

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Marco Pérez
Fierro
Jimmy Smits
Mickey Santos
Asur Zagada
Juana Sanchez
Joaquín Cosio
Peralta
Sabina Berman
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Óscar Figueroa
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  • Nov 17, 2010
    It had a strong and powerful true story on their hands but they delivered it in the most generic and boring way possible. It had potential but it went nowhere so I turned it off half way through it. Disappointing! Skip it!
    Matt S Super Reviewer
  • May 26, 2010
    Carrera and screenwriter Sabina Berman approach a very serious social matter with incredible competence as it exposes the open wound of Cd. Juárez, Mexico, a land in turmoil over an appalling series of endless sexually-related murders of women.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 08, 2009
    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.
    Fernando Rafael Q Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2009
    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.
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