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
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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Kate Muir
Times [UK]

An assured and moving debut by director Diego Quemada-Díez.

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Mark Kermode
Observer [UK]

At once urgent, defiant, and heartbreaking.

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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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Aine O'Connor
Irish Independent

Honest, interesting and well done it is not an uplifting film.

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Tara Brady
Irish Times

If you want screen teens to break your heart this summer, then give The Fault in Our Stars a miss in favour of this epic South American adventure.

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Director Diego Quemada-Díez condenses many acute observations about life as an emigrant into a sure-footed, credible story.

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Rich Cline

Despite a tough and rather bleak story, this Central American drama is bolstered by strikingly beautiful cinematography and involving characters.

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Geoffrey Macnab

It works equally well as a Huckleberry Finn-like adventure story and as a brutal realist drama highlighting the exploitation of young migrants.

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Flixster Audience Score: 89% Flixster User Reviews
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