Synopsis: What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous U.S.-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there's nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Jonás Cuarón
Production: Itaca Films
  1 win & 11 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
88 min

Leaving is a form of dying.

One never arrives until

being at rest with You.

You Lord, in your sudden flight

from Egypt, across sown paths...

multiplied the bread and

healed the sick with the gospel...

before returning to the Father

with Your ascent.

You took Abraham, father

of all believers, from his land.

You showed him

the path m reach you.

You, Lord, experienced migration.

And You brought it upon all men

who know what it is to live...

and who seek safe passage

to the gates of Heaven.

I'm sorry.

I can never find the button.

Squeeze Ms halls.

I've already tried that.

There it is!

I told you!


It's broken down, Lobo.

Bring the stick

that's behind the seat.


Go see if there's

a mechanic back there.

But quickly!

Any of you know about cars?

Come over here.

- Hey, Don Primi.

- Yeah?

This one.

- Are you a mechanic?


Take a look at this.

See if you can fix it.


It just broke down?

It was jerking around.

Didn't you feel it?


Take a look

and see what's wrong.

It's just that sometimes...

if this sh*t heats up...

- Be careful...

- Careful, It's hot.

There you go.

- What the hell's wrong with it?

- Look at this.

- What is that?

- The brush is screwed.

So fix it! You're a mechanic!

That can't be fixed.

It has to be towed.

Who the f*** is going to tow us?

I don't know.

- Excuse me.


Yes, boss?

The truck broke down.

We're stranded near the badlands.


Do you know

if we're gonna cross over here?

They're figuring it out'

There's twelve. And two more

that we picked up in San Pedro.

I'll tell them. Okay then.

Don't worry about it.

Lobo, I've got bad news.

You're crossing through

the badlands.

What are you talking about?

We agreed to cross at Sote.

That was before.

Look at the truck.

This route is longer

and more dangerous'

I know, but we can't

just leave them here.

No, you're right

Look Don Primi,

I would never let you down.

I'll do it, but it'll be

more expensive.

Come on Lobo,

don't break my balls!

Okay. 100 pesos each,

but get moving.

200, Don Primi

F***ing Lobo!

But round up the cattle, quickly!

Let's go.

- Lobo...


We said we wouldn't do

the badlands.


Are you afraid of getting lost?

No, but you know what happened

to the Sunoyta gang.

Those idiots were running drugs

and got killed by the cartel.

Don't whine.

You even got a bonus!


The United States is that way.


Come on! Get out of the truck!

Move, move!

Come on!

Can you throw me

my backpack, please?

Keep an eye on them.

They are worth a lot of money.

Good luck and be safe.

God bless you.

Come on, hurry up!

Let's go!

Hurry up!

Welcome to the United States,


From now on we have

to be very careful.

If you see or hear anything...

even if it's a f***ing rancher,

you've got to hide.

Is that clear?

Hey you, come help him!

Hold the fence so we can cross'

Let's go!

Hurry up!

Get down!

Get down!

Come on.

Run! Run! To the bushes!

Come on! Come on!

Hurry up!

Run! Come on, a**holes!

- It's your first time crossing?

- Yes. It's my first time.

Do you have family there?

Yes. Cousins...


Don't drink all your water,

we've still got a day and a half to go.

You've been warned.

What do you want?

Come over here!

Leave me alone!

Listen to me, you jerk!

I've only known you for three days.

My parents asked you to take care

of me, but you 're not my husband.

Don't overreact!

It's not a big deal.

Hey, man... Hey!

You have a cigarette?

- What?

- You don't have a cigarette?

I don't smoke'

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Jonás Cuarón

Jonás Cuarón (born 1981) is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer, editor and cinematographer. He is the son of the Academy Award-winner Alfonso Cuarón. He studied film at Vassar College. His first feature film, Año uña which he directed, wrote and produced, was released in 2007. He also co-wrote the highly acclaimed 2013 film Gravity. The film was co-written and directed by his father.His uncle Carlos Cuarón is also a writer and director. His first film credit is a cameo as a child in the 1991 film Sólo Con Tu Pareja, which was directed by his father. more…

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