Sin Nombre

Movie information

Rated R: Restricted (Under 17 Requires Accompanying Parent or Adult Guardian) -- Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content.
Released on:
March 20, 2009 (limited)

Production Companies:
Canana Films, Primary Productions, Creando Films
Distributors:
Focus Features

Status: Released

Cast:
Paulina Gaitan, Edgar Flores, Kristyan Ferrer, Tenoch Huerta Mejia, Diana Garcia, Hector Jimenez

Director: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Screenwriter: Cary Joji Fukunaga

Genre: Drama, Thriller
About the film:
Sin Nombre is an epic dramatic thriller written and directed by Student Academy Award winner Cary Joji Fukunaga in his feature debut. The filmmaker's firsthand experiences with Central American immigrants seeking the promise of the U.S. form the basis of the Spanish-language movie.

Sin Nombre tells the story of Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), a teenager living in Honduras, and hungering for a brighter future. A reunion with her long-estranged father gives Sayra her only real option emigrating with her father and her uncle into Mexico and then the United States, where her father now has a new family.

Meanwhile, Casper, a.k.a. Willy (Edgar Flores), is a teenager living in Tapachula, Mexico, and facing an uncertain future. A member of the Mara Salvatrucha gang brotherhood, he has just brought to the Mara a new recruit, 12-year-old Smiley (Kristyan Ferrer), who undergoes a rough initiation.

While Smiley quickly takes to gang life, Casper tries to protect his relationship with girlfriend Martha Marlene (Diana Garcia), keeping their love a secret from the Mara. But when Martha encounters Tapachula's Mara leader Lil' Mago (Tenoch Huerta Mejia), she is brutally taken from Casper forever.

Sayra and her relatives manage to cross over into Mexico. There, they join other immigrants waiting at the Tapachula train yards. When a States-bound freight train arrives one night, they successfully rush to board riding atop it, rather than in the cars as does Lil' Mago, who has commandeered Casper and Smiley along to rob immigrants.

When day breaks, Lil' Mago makes his move and Casper in turn makes a fateful decision. Casper must now navigate the psychological gauntlet of his violent existence and the physical one of the unforgiving Mara, but Sayra bravely allies herself with him as the train journeys through the Mexican countryside towards the hope of new lives.
Rated R for violence, language and some sexual content.
Box Office: Opening weekend: $81,446 (6 theaters) | Domestic Total: $2.54 mil.
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    andre – usa
    February 12, 2009 - 22:49
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    creo q va hacer una gran movie en este ano
    i think is going to be the best movie of the year