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Year: 2008
USA: Sony Pictures Classics
UK: Optimum Releasing
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal, Diego Luna, Guillermo Francella, Dolores Heredia, Adriana Paz, Jessica Mas, Salvador Zerboni, Tania Esmeralda Aguilar, Joaquin Cosio, Alfredo Alfonso
Director: Carlos Cuarón
Countries: USA / Mexico
Language: Spanish (English subtitles)
USA: 103 mins
UK: 101 mins
USA Rated: R for pervasive language, sexual content and brief drug use
UK Certificate: 15 contains strong language and sex
USA Release Date: 8 May 2009 (Limited Release - New York and Los Angeles)
UK Release Date: 26 June 2009 (Limited Release)

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Beto (Diego Luna) and Tato (Gael Garcia Bernal) Verdusco are brothers who work at a banana plantation and also play soccer for the village team. Nicknamed "Tough" because of his personality and football style, Beto dreams of becoming a professional soccer player; Tato's dream is to be a famous singer, and both share the dream of building a house for their mother, Elvira (Dolores Heredia).

They have a change in luck when "Batuta", a soccer talent scout, discovers them by chance. Tato is the first to move to the big city where he becomes the star goal scorer for the prestigious Deportivo Amaranto (Amaranto Club). His baroque playing style earns him the nickname of "Corny". Although Beto feels he has been betrayed and left behind, he soon travels to Mexico City to become the goalkeeper for Atletico Nopaleros (Nopaleros Team).

At the peak of glory, they forget all animosity, although it does not last long. At the very real possibility of fulfilling all of their dreams, the siblings must face an innate rivalry as well as their own demons and limitations. Beto is a gambler and allows his addiction to drag him down; Tato is unable to recognize his true talents and squanders every opportunity by pursuing a false idea of celebrity and status. The dream seems to slip through their fingers. And it is at their worst moment that the brothers find forgiveness trying to help each other while casting headlong towards their individual destiny.

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