The Chosen Ones

The Chosen Ones Information

The Chosen Ones () is a 2015 Mexican drama film directed by David Pablos. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. The film was named on the shortlist for Mexico's entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.


Teenagers Ulysis (Oscars Torres) and Sofia (Nancy Talamantes) are in a relationship. It is revealed that Ulysis is being groomed by his family to entrap his young lovers into the prostitution ring that forms his family's business. Having fallen for Sofia his first lover, Ulysis puts up an unsuccessful fight to prevent her from being exploited. His father agrees to let Sofia free only when Ulysis gets another young girl to replace her in the brothel. Thus he sets toward honeytrapping his extensive victim.

Meanwhile, Sofia is pushed further into the flesh trade and hardens up after seeing the chances of her escape getting slimmer as days go by. She finally finds a good samaritan who plans to get her out, but soon before that Ulysis manages to push another girl, Marta into prostitution to replace her and takes Sofia away to live with him.

Getting back to relative freedom and into Ulysis's family, Sofia finds it difficult to be happy or thankful to Ulysis, who is the root cause of her miseries and the reason why she cannot see her family. She also realises another girl has been trapped by Ulysis as her replacement and struggles with this thought. Ulysis in turn tries to please her in futility but cannot get her to revert to the happy sweetheart she was, and also feels guilty about it. The film ends with Sofia and Ulysis on a seemingly normal outing with Ulysis's family but the two youngsters glance at each other probably wondering if things will ever be normal again.

Critical reception

The film was well received by critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 83% of 24 critics gave the film a positive review, for an average rating of 8/10.

Awards and nominations

Award Category Nominee Result
58th Ariel Awards
Best Art Direction Daniela Schneider
Best Cinematography Carolina Costa
Best Costume Design Daniela Schneider
Best Director David Pablos
Best Editing Miguel Schverdfinger, Aina Calleja
Best Make-Up Nayeli Mora
Best Original Score Carlo Ayhlln
Best Original Screenplay David Pablos
Best Picture Las Elegidas
Best Sound Alejandro de Icaza, Pablo Tamez
Best Supporting Actress Alicia Quionez
Breakthrough Male Performance scar Torres
Breakthrough Female Performance Nancy Talamantes
Cannes Film Festival Un Certain Regard David Pablos
San Sebastin International Film Festival Horizons Award David Pablos
Stockholm International Film Festival Bronze Horse - Best Film David Pablos
Zurich Film Festival Best International Feature Film David Pablos

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