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Un mundo maravilloso (2006)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Thriller | 17 March 2006 (Mexico)
A fairy tale about the political and socioeconomic realities of Mexico.

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Luis Estrada
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Damián Alcázar ... Juan Pérez
Antonio Serrano Antonio Serrano ... Ministro
Cecilia Suárez ... Rosita
Ernesto Gómez Cruz ... Compadre Filemón
Jesús Ochoa ... El Tamal
Silverio Palacios ... El Azteca
Pedro Armendáriz Jr. ... Director del Periódico
Carlos Arau Carlos Arau ... Joven Reportero
Jorge Zárate Jorge Zárate ... Lalo, Secretario Particular
Guillermo Gil Guillermo Gil ... Cara de Rata - padre de Rosa
Max Kerlow ... Sacerdote
Carmen Beato Carmen Beato ... La Nena - esposa del Ministro
Larry Silverman Larry Silverman ... Doctor Goldberg
José María Yazpik ... Asesor Financiero
Plutarco Haza ... Asesor Político
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Storyline

Once upon a time, Juan Pérez, the poorest of the poor, reaches fame in a fluke accident in what seemed to be an attempt of suicide, to protest against the government and his social condition. The Ministry of Economy, surrounded by the scandal in which he is blamed by Pérez's decision, decides to reward him changing his life giving him a little house, a car and a job. But when other poor people (Pérez's close friends) find out about his reversal of fortune, decide to imitate him faking suicide attempts in different buildings in Mexico City. The Ministry of Economy, terrified by the glance of having a plague of beggars, decides to declare poverty a crime and hence finish for once and for all with all the poor in the country. Pérez ends up behind bars. Three years later, Pérez is released and goes back to his previous social condition, but this time, aware of having one day as a rich man is better than a life as poor, he will do anything to get out of his misery... And he will manage to ... Written by Juan pérez

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Official Sites:

Official site [Mexico]

Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

17 March 2006 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

A Wonderful World See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico

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Opening Weekend:

$645,881 (Mexico), 17 March 2006, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When Juan Perez (Damian Alcazar) is interrogated, after being asked his alias, he says, among others, "Varguitas", which was Alcazar's character in a previous movie, "La Ley de Herodes", with the same director, Luis Estrada. See more »

Goofs

The portrait that appears in the house of the politician Lascuraian, the Secretary of Economy of México, is, in fact, the portrait of Porfirio Díaz, president of México (1877-1911), and not from José Ives Limantour, Secretary of Economy of México in Diaz administration See more »

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Luis Estrada retreats his Herod's Law
21 April 2006 | by algmztSee all my reviews

No doubt about it, Estrada depicts some Mexico's political and social facts, however I find Herod's Law and A Wonderful World very similar.

I think Luis Estrada directs both movies following the same recipe.

Marginal class appear in both movies pretty good depicted; Mexican politicians as well; then come ridiculous circumstances that surround that lead both, politicians and poor people, beyond they ever dreamed: the politicians is rewarded for his criminal acts while the poor is dragged to his fate.

On Herod's Law the corrupt politician is rewarded becoming a Senator; on a Wonderful World the minister is awarded with Nobel Prize for starving the people. On the first movie the poor has to kill to get whatsoever he deserves (some respect and dignity) on the second movie this marginal family has to kill another family to get one single day of good life.

Herod's Law and A Wonderful World are pretty similar.


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