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.
Art House & International , Drama
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All Critics (32) | Top Critics (9)

For most of its running time, it's a bit of a slog. To some degree, it's a rewarding slog, and yet even then, not entirely.

Full Review… | January 27, 2016
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | September 10, 2015
Washington Post
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"La Jaula de Oro" may seem like a rehash of old news. But don't be deceived.

Full Review… | September 3, 2015
New York Times
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The filmmaking is fluid and electric; the acting, precise; the archetypal storytelling, seamless and brutal.

Full Review… | September 3, 2015
Wall Street Journal
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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.

Full Review… | September 1, 2015
Top Critic

Through little dialogue, mostly improvised by the nonprofessional cast, Quemada-Díez creates much compassion toward his young travelers and the emotional truths they uncover.

Full Review… | August 27, 2015
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro)


What Quemada-Diez did here was make a most realistic and definitive cinematic depiction 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 something about solidarity.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer


The immigrant travelogue - especially the journey north to the U.S. - has become an entrenched movie genre. This one will reward your sympathy with unexpected heartaches.

Michael Harbour
Michael Harbour

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