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Real women have curves

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Real women take chances, have flaws, embrace life...

At 18, Ana (America Ferrera) has a bright future. She is the first in her family who can dare to dream of going to university, but she is trapped by her modest Latino upbringing in East LA.

The film offers another round in the combative relationship between mother and daughter. Ana's long-suffering and traditional mother (Lupe Ontiveros) has given up on Ana's elder sister and sweat shop owner Estela (Ingrid Oliu), and is desperate to marry Ana off to produce the grandchildren she believes she deserves. Her husband Raul (Jorge Cevera) shares his daughter's dream to study in New York but does not want to tear the family apart.

In order to avert a family economic crisis, Ana reluctantly pitches in to complete an order of glamorous dresses for her sister's sweat shop, and sets about teaching her female co-workers how to rethink their values - and how to love every curve of their bodies!

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film drama Latino Los Angeles femine empowerment sweat shop body

Persons of interest

  • America Ferrera .... Ana
  • Lupe Ontiveros .... Carmen
  • Ingrid Oliu .... Estela
  • George Lopez .... Mr Guzman
  • Brian Sites .... Jimmy
  • Soledad St Hilaire .... Pancha
  • Lourdes Perez .... Rosali
  • Jorge Cervera Junior .... Raúl
  • Felipe de Alba .... Grandfather
  • José Gerardo Zamora Junior .... Juan José
  • Edgar Lujan .... Juan Martin
  • Josefina Lopez .... Playwright
  • George LaVoo .... Screenwriter
  • Josefina Lopez .... Screenwriter
  • Patricia Cardoso .... Director

Cinematic intelligence sources

  • Awards and film festivals:
    • Humanitas Prize 2002: Sundance Film Category (George LaVoo, Josefina Lopez)
    • Independent Spirit Awards 2003: Producers Award (Effie Brown); Nominated: Best Debut Performance (America Ferrera)
    • San Sebastián International Film Festival 2003: Youth Jury Award (Patricia Cardoso)
    • Sundance Film Festival 2002: Audience Award Dramatic (Patricia Cardoso); Special Jury Prize Dramatic (America Ferrera, Lupe Ontiveros); Nominated: Grand Jury Prize Dramatic (Patricia Cardoso)
    • Young Artist Awards 2003: Nominated: Best Performance in a Feature Film - Leading Young Actress (America Ferrera)
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Theatrical report


Security censorship classification

M (Low level coarse language)

Surveillance time

86 minutes (1:26 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 17 April 2003

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