A fresh take on the migrant story that shifts the focus from the experience of alienation and potential loneliness of arrival in favour of the hardship and danger of the journey itself. In the vein of Sin Nombre, the Golden Dream is less stylised; sparse on dialog , documentary-like and a successful examination of youthful naivety. Beautifully shot. 4 stars
It creates a beautiful, peaceful atmosphere tinted with innocence using a slow pace and short, sharp dialogues that reveal nothing, until Quemada-Diez hits us with the hard, uncomfortable truth most of us, as Mexicans, ignore or at least try to: our land to these immigrants is almost a synonymous of murder and torture.
The american dream for some people is just a dream,unfortunately. This movie portraits the long journey from Guatemala to Mexico, and all the obstacles these boys had to face, but with a very slow narrative. The final is realistic though.