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Backyard (El traspatio) (2009)

Backyard (El traspatio) (2009)





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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.

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Aejandro Calva
as Comandante
Jimmy Smits
as Mickey Santos
Enoc Leano
as Gobernador
Sayed Badreya
as El Sultán
Lisa Owen
as Silvia
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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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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 Quintero Castañeda
Fernando Rafael Quintero Castañeda

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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
John Me

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