• James Rutherford

'Sin Nombre': An Unforgettable Spanish-Language Thriller About a Desperate Journey of Emigration


Movie poster for the Mexican film Sin Nombre starring Paulina Gaitan and Edgar Flores

“Sin Nombre” (2009) is a stunning and unforgettable Spanish language thriller that follows a teenage Honduran girl, Sayra (Paulina Gaitan), and her family as they attempt to emigrate to the United States atop a train traveling through Mexico.

Sayra’s fate becomes intertwined with that of Casper (Edgar Flores), a young member of Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13), as the two find themselves on the run together from Casper’s ruthless fellow MS-13 brethren.

Written and Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation) in his feature film debut, “Sin Nombre” is as much a searing adventure film as it is a harrowing and authentic depiction of the true-to-life struggles behind so many individual stories of immigration and the pursuit of opportunity on American soil. Amazingly well-shot by Adriano Goldman (The Year My Parents Went on Vacation, The Crown), it's a monumental, one-of-a-kind experience not to be missed.

 

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