Slow Burn

Synopsis: Two Americans, with their young daughter Trina, live in the northern Mexican desert, searching for family diamonds lost years before. Jump ahead, Trina's parents are mysteriously dead, and Trina, now grown, continues the search against the advice of Frank, an old family friend. Two gringo convicts, recently escaped from the Matamoros prison and headed for Texas, stumble upon the diamonds then find Trina and ask her for a ride. She realizes they've found the diamonds, keeps that from them, and tries to spirit the diamonds away. Various alliances form and break, one of the convicts tries to convince her to abandon her quest, and Frank watches from a distance.
Genre: Thriller
Director(s): Christian Ford
Production: Artisan Entertainment
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
97 min


Of all the ways

this desert tests you,

the most dangerous

is the mirage.

In those shimmering, sparkling

depths, you see whatever you want...

water, wealth, dreams.

That's the promise,

and that's the curse.

When the sand swallowed

the widow mcteague,

the desert turned her silver box

into a mirage.

In 1907, her second husband

squandered his last pesos...

Pursuing what he'd almost had.

Thirty years later, her grown

children began to believe...

They saw a way

to recover their lost glory.

After the war, one of their

sons imagined he saw a way...

To get back the life he'd discarded

at the recruiting office.

Finally, 12 years ago,

his granddaughter saw me.

Humidity's about six percent.

That means it takes a grown-up

four quarts a day just to sweat.

If you run dry, your blood gets

thick, your tongue turns hard,

and you're dead in 19 hours.

I'll remember that.

Oh, she was the last thing

you'd expect to find out here.

She belonged.

Hi, mom.

Which is more than I can say

for catalina.

- Hey, dad.

- Hi. Jacob mcteague.

Come on up.

Frank Norris.

A couple of handshakes.

The ordinary greetings. Just what

you'd do with any strangers.

But out here you don't stay

strangers for long. Trina.

Over the next months,

we became a family... of sorts.

I didn't catch your name.


Catalina. Oh.

I even shared their secrets.

- You sold the house, didn't you?

- I sold the trailer, yeah,

to get the truck so we don't get

stranded out here. Stranded?

What were you thinking?

Come on. Piece...

trina, come here. There's

something I wanna show you.

I'm sick and tired of hearing... we found

her watch, the key, we found the Bible.

We're so close. Jacob, we found Paulina's

watch two and a half years ago!

- Did I ever show you this?

- Here. It's volcanic.

Stop it! Come here. Come here.

I've had it with you! Stop it!

There are steam vents on the

other side of the salt flats.

Five thousand degrees.

What? I can't... I can't

take this anymore.

I can't do this anymore.

Oh, come on.

No, leave me alone! It takes thousands

of years to lay those things down.

We're gonna find it.

It's out there.

Hey, it doesn't matter.

Is it for me?

Yes, it is.

I got somethin' else for you.

Somethin' very special.

That's for you.

Put it around your neck.

I won't disappoint you,

daddy. I promise.

I know you won't.

What do you say

we light your cake?

I miss mama.

Tell me what to do.

But even then, we all knew

catalina wasn't coming back.

Three hundred and fifteen


Three hundred and forty.

- It's probably over there.

- Maybe.

"Maybe." It is!

Probably. So they went on,

day after day, year after year,

until there was only her...

And the search.

I'm sorry. Your geodes aren't

bringin' in what they used to.

Since you promised this'd be your last

season, that shouldn't be a problem, right?

What you got planned, Frank?

A surprise.

Oh, yeah?

What is this?

A little Dutch courage,

a nice new dress,

and then you walk me into town?

No, it's to celebrate your new life...

In Cancun.

I know this guy who works in one

of these resorts they have.

They need people who can speak both languages.

You know, fit in with the clientele.

I told him you'd be just right for it.

No. For you.

- For people that belong there.

- Oh, come on.

- You're a beautiful young lady.

- What are you now, my dad?

No. No.

Tsk. Aw, gee.

Let me do it.

- No.

- Come on! You can't do...

I have this dream, Frank.

I'm in a grocery store.

Just a regular grocery store.

I wake up

and my heart is pounding,

because I don't

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