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When St. Jude appears to her to tell her that her daughter is still alive, Esperanza goes on a search to find her daughter.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Dolores Heredia ... Esperanza
Demián Bichir ... Cacomixtle (as Demian Bichir)
Alberto Estrella ... Ángel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedro Altamirano ... Ministerio Público
Roberto Cobo ... Doña Trini
Roger Cudney ... Scott Haines
Mónica Dionne Mónica Dionne ... La Morena
Juan Duarte Juan Duarte ... Fidencio
Josefina Echánove ... La Profesora
Felipe Ehrenberg Felipe Ehrenberg ... Alto
María Amparo Escandón ... La Adicional
Ana Bertha Espín Ana Bertha Espín ... Soledad
Flor Eduarda Gurrola Flor Eduarda Gurrola ... Paloma
Miguel Gurza Miguel Gurza ... Panteonero
Pilar Ixquic Mata ... La Flaca
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When St. Jude appears to her to tell her that her daughter is still alive, Esperanza goes on a search to find her daughter.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

28 January 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Traveling Saints See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$243,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$243,000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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An Excellent and Very Respectful Comedy About Saints, Hope and Love
7 March 2004 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Mexico, the very religious woman Esperanza (Dolores Heredia) has just lost her teenager daughter Blanca (Maya Zapata) in a simple throat surgery. The girl contracted an unknown virus, and had to be buried in a sealed closed coffin. While cooking at home, Esperanza sees the image of São Judas Tadeu projected on the dirty oven of her stove, who tells her that she shall look for her daughter. Esperanza, in her mind, believes the doctor sold her virgin daughter to some brothel and decides to look for her in many whorehouses in her town, in Tijuana and in Los Angeles. She confesses every vision she had and what she did to Padre Salvador (Fernando Toree Laphame), who advises her about how to she should have proceeded. Her journey begins in Mexico and ends in Los Angeles, where she meets the fighter Ángel (Alberto Estrella). They fall in love for each other. The end of this funny story is not corny. This film is one of the most intelligent comedies I have ever seen. Beginning with the name of each character: Esperanza means `hope'; Blanca means `white', the symbol of purity; Padre Salvador means `priest who saves'; Los Angeles means `the angels'; Paloma means `dove', the symbol of peace; Ángel means `angel'. Further, there are many jokes with saints, but all of them very respectful. The confessions of Esperanza, always after some confusion, are also hilarious. However, the beliefs of Esperanza are very respected until the last scene. She begins very fragile, but in the end she finds love and accepts the death of her daughter, although keeping her faith. The story, although being a love and hope story, is not corny. I liked it a lot. My vote is eight.


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