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English / Spanish
Naive, 23-year-old Laura dreams of becoming a beauty queen to escape her poverty-stricken life in northern Mexico. But an innocent wish quickly turns into an escalating nightmare. Director Gerardo Naranjo uses real events as loose inspiration for a tense and powerful exploration of his country’s drug war. Finding herself in the wrong place at the wrong time, helpless Laura ends up being held hostage by gangster kingpin, Lino, who forces her to work for his bloody narcotics operation. Her resulting descent into increasingly violent criminality is realistically portrayed and consequently all the more harrowing; vividly demonstrating how the instinct to survive can make desperate people behave in ways they never thought possible.
Tragic tales set in Morocco, Mexico, the US and Japan entwine in this intense drama about a world ever-more-connected, but still culturally divided.
16+ years 143 mins
Powerful drama about a young man and woman from Honduras making the dangerous journey north to try to cross from the Mexican border to the US.
14+ years 101 mins
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14+ years 94 mins
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