Takes place in present day Mexico.
Tells the separate tales of two Mexican families.
One family is rich (The Padilla Family) and the other ispoor (The Castorena Family).
Both are trying get to America. Each for different reasons.
Poor family is being forced from their homes in theMexico City slums by a real estate firm. In anattempt to escape their economic woes, the familyplans to move in with cousins in SouthernCalifornia in search of more hopeful, wealthierprospects.
Rich family is moving to America to escape thealienation, mundane habits, and absurdity that their lifestyle has created for them. Father worksfor real estate firm in the Torre Latinoamericana.Oldest son suffers from bipolar disorder and wantsto go to America to be a writer.
The Castorena’s have a very strong family unit, which, aside
from religious conviction, is their focal point and derivativeof their strength. They are a very traditional.
hile the Castorena’s may suffer
economic disparity,because they have each other, they are spiritually wealthy.
Although the Padilla
’s have an abundance of wealth, as a
family unit, they are alienated from each other andthemselves. The
suffer from poverty of the spirit.
Though their lifestyles are very different, the two families
are very similar in the fact that they’re both trying to
go toAmerica to escape the clutches of their current lives andseek something better for themselves and their families.
Castorena family has to save up money to illegally immigrateto America, each family member from youngest (7 years-old) to the oldest (17 years-old) must work together as