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Pastorela (2011)

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Agent Jesus Juarez (aka Chucho) has always played the Devil in his town's Nativity Play. This Christmas, when the new pastor of the church recasts the role, the two men engage in a battle between good and evil.

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Emilio Portes

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Emilio Portes
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Cast

Credited cast:
Joaquín Cosio ... Agente Jesús Juárez
Carlos Cobos Carlos Cobos ... Padre Edmundo Posadas
Eduardo España ... Compadre Vulmaro Villafuerte
Ernesto Yáñez Ernesto Yáñez ... Dios 'El monaguillo'
Ana Serradilla ... Monjita
Dagoberto Gama ... Comandante
Héctor Jiménez ... Muchacho poseído
Eduardo Manzano ... Cardenal
José Sefami ... Tuerto (as Jose Sefami)
Rubén Cristiany Rubén Cristiany ... Arzobispo
Silverio Palacios ... Dr. Godinez
María Aura ... Reportera
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alberto Altamira Alberto Altamira ... Agente
Omar Ayala Omar Ayala ... Agente 1
Juan Carlos Bustamante Juan Carlos Bustamante ... Asistente Tuerto 1
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Agent Jesus Juarez (aka Chucho) has always played the Devil in his town's Nativity Play. This Christmas, when the new pastor of the church recasts the role, the two men engage in a battle between good and evil.

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Genres:

Comedy | Fantasy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language throughout, brief sexual content and some violence | See all certifications »
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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

11 November 2011 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Pastorela: A Christmas Play See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$82,175, 4 December 2011, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$156,784, 18 December 2011
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The film won the Ariel Award (the equivalent of a Mexican Oscar) for Best Picture in 2012. See more »

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Irreverent but funny
14 November 2011 | by boneycurSee all my reviews

Fast-paced with engaging cinematography and a rich blend of subtle and not-so-subtle humor both in the clever and often base dialog and the sets and wardrobe. A believable and distinctly Mexican story line enhanced with film effects that add a mystical and mythic feel -- occasionally carried to ludicrous extremes -- for an entirely enjoyable light-hearted comedy that dips its toes in darkness as it illustrates the classic battle between good and evil.

Agent Jesus Juarez (Joaquín Cosio) is a protagonist that you want to love, but you're never quite sure if you're on the wrong side...he's funny and likable, but he just might be evil. The portrayal of some of the church figures, such as Padre Mundo (Carlos Cobos) and la monja (Ana Serradilla), might offend religious movie-goers, but it's all done in harmless fun.

It will be interesting to see if, when the film is subtitled in English, it holds up the the Spanish language original.


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