The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro)
The Golden Dream (La Jaula De Oro) (2015)

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.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 4, 2015
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With The Golden Dream, director Diego Quemada-Díez weaves a compassionate tale built on piercing honesty -- and outstanding work from an inexperienced cast.

Stephanie Merry
Washington Post

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.

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Peter Debruge

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.

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Louis Proyect

Given the racist hatred toward Latino immigrants, this is a film that will help increase much needed solidarity as well as deliver a powerful dramatic tale that succeeds in cinematic terms.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

"La Jaula de Oro" may seem like a rehash of old news. But don't be deceived.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

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

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David Noh
Film Journal International

La Jaula de Oro just may stand as the definitive Latino immigrant odyssey.

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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal

The filmmaking is fluid and electric; the acting, precise; the archetypal storytelling, seamless and brutal.

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

Quemada-Diez's approach emphasizes nature and naturalism, and the film never pretends that this adventure isn't dangerous and terrifying.

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Sam Lewis
The Skinny

This film carries a similar weightiness and moral heft to those tomes to mortality and realpolitik, yet retains a dreamlike quality that at times leaves the film in debt as much to Terrence Malick as Alejandro González Iñárritu.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
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… More
Daniel Parsons
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… More