A Day Without a Mexican
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|A Day Without a Mexican|
|Directed by||Sergio Arau|
|Produced by||Isaac Artenstein|
|Written by||Sergio Arau
|Music by||Juan Colomer
|Edited by||Daniel Fort
Shaula Vega (uncredited)
|Distributed by||Altavista Films
|Release date(s)||May 14, 2004|
|Running time||100 min.|
A Day Without a Mexican is a 2004 film directed by Sergio Arau. It offers a satirical look at the consequences of all the Mexicans in the state of California suddenly disappearing (with a mysterious "pink fog" surrounding the state preventing any communication or movement with the outside world). A series of characters show the apparent statistical impact of Mexicans on California's economy, law enforcement and education systems as well as the resulting social unrest.
This was Eduardo Palomo's last film before he died of a heart attack.
The film's 2004 awards include best screenplay at the Cartagena Film Festival and a nomination for best film; a special jury award at the Gramado Film Festival; and an award for best editing at the Guadalajara Mexican Film Festival.
The film was number one at the box office in its opening weekend in Mexico, although it was only a moderate box office success in the United States, grossing an estimated $4.1 million. Critical reception among American reviewers was lukewarm. Ella Taylor of the L.A. weekly describes it as "A terrific premise is mangled to a pulp, then beaten to death in this forced mockumentary."  E! Online is less kind, stating "This Day not only lacks Mexicans but also good acting, sharp storytelling and humor."  Rotten Tomatoes critics on the site list it as a 29% on the Tomatometer.
- The City Without Jews: A prophetic Austrian Expressionist film from 1924 on what would happen to Vienna if all its Jewish population were removed.
- A Day Without a Mexican Film's website
- A Day Without a Mexican at the Internet Movie Database
- A Day Without a Mexican at AllMovie
- The Latino Impact on the Southern California Economy conference
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