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Paraiso Travel

Colombian Film of A Couple That Sneak into the US and Get Separated in New York

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Excellent Little Known Film!

  • May 24, 2010
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This is the story of two young lovers, Marlon and Reina who decide to migrate to the United States by going through Guatamala and Mexico from Colombia and then sneak across the border.  They end up in New York in search of Reina's mother and get separated.

As the movie opens Marlon storms out of a room after an argument with Reina and gets chased by the police.  After he escapes he realizes he is lost and has no idea how to find Reina.  He ends up going from Brooklyn to Queens (Jackson Heights) where the wife of the owner of a Colombian restaurant takes pity on him.  She finds a place for him to stay and then gets her husband to reluctantly give him a job.

All Marlon can think about is finding Reina and the movie switches back and forth between Marlon's struggle and search and flashbacks to how he and Reina left Colombia and went on their grueling trek to dangerous parts of Mexico and ultimately to the dangerous crossing into the United States.

The movie is full of many colorful and interesting characters such as John Leguzamo as an S&M lover, the weird people who occupy the abandoned building that Marlon ends up living in, and the sexy woman that made the crossing with Reina and Marlon, who Marlon later meets up with.

Marlon doesn't seem to realize what he has with the people who are very good to him including a budding Colombian singer who loves him.  Instead he continually obsesses over Reina, who is a bitter and corrupt individual.

The movie never gets boring and is both poignant and at times humorous.  Produced on what appears to be a small budget but excellent nonetheless.  I highly recommend this one!

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Paraiso Travel is the story of Marlon Cruz, a young Colombian man who, motivated by his beautiful girlfriend Reina leaves his life in Colombia to illegally cross the border and find fortune in New York. Marlon's journey, which takes him through seedy strip clubs, dance halls, homeless hostels, and the streets of Jackson Heights, ultimately leads him to a place he could have never predicted.

Cast:
Angelica Blandon ... Reina Pedro Capo ... Giovanny Raúl Castillo ... Carlos Aldemar Correa ... Marlon Margarita Rosa de Francisco ... Raquel
  Ana de la Reguera ... Milagros Germán Jaramillo ... Don Hernan
  John Leguizamo ... Roger Pena Eli Massillon ... Menacing man in car Chiko Mendez ... Los Simpaticos Guitarrist Edward Steven Mesa ... Rehab Patient Luis Fernando Munera ... Don Pastor Jesús Ochoa ... Mexicote driver Loukas Papas ... Fernando
  Panama Redd ... Menacing man in car Eddie Rosado ... Los Simpaticos Conga Player Vicky Rueda ... La Calena Ana María Sánchez ... Patricia Indhira Serrano ... Madame Taylor
  Bob Weston ... Cop
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