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A low-budget independent film released in 2004.

Latin Americans mysteriously vanish all over the state of California. The California borders are hidden and obscured with a thick, impenetrable mist.

Suddenly the rest of the Californians, even those with animosity toward immigrants, are forced to cope with their absence when they realize how much they relied on them.

Mostly Played for Laughs, although it doesn't shy away from its own opinion on the matter.


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  • Be Careful What You Wish For: Especially for those hostile to immigration and Border Patrol, many people began to find the life without Latino to be more difficult as many of them work in menial but necessary works, like fruit harvests and restaurant side works.
  • Border Patrol: The "pink fog" that cuts off the state's communications from the rest of the world, and of course the real life one.
  • Children Are Innocent: The child of the anti-immigrant activist.
  • Deus ex Machina: Type 3. Its established that mass disappearance is possible. whether or not the leaking faucet was responsible was up to question since the disappearance ended with it being fixed by a handyman.
  • Human-Interest Story: the sort of reporting one of our leads was forced to do until she became the apparent Last of Her Kind.
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  • Last of Her Kind: people believe there to be exactly one Mexican in California for most of this film. Turned out that she was an Armenian adopted by Latino parents.
  • Latino Is Brown: Subverted since many people who disappeared also include Latinos—-especially an Argentinian named Monica—-who look like Caucasians.
  • National Stereotypes: Parodied and subverted. The film did show that Mexicans and Latin Americans do live in all walks of life, which ranges from school teachers to reporters, besides menial labor.
  • Reality Ensues: The sudden disappearance of Latin Americans caused turmoil in the economy. First being the shortages in fruits due to lack of migrant laborers who would have harvested the fruits that are now left in the open. The second being labor shortages—both white-collar and blue-collar—resulting from sudden disappearances.
  • South of the Border: Lampshaded.
  • Space Whale Aesop: Respect Hispanic immigrants—all of them—or you will find that they are all gone and your state is cut off from everything.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: The vice-governor's attitudes towards undocumented workers is based on his teachings from his father, which his Character Development came with him painting his portrait over as a sign of defiance.
  • We Want Our Jerk Back: Several groups suffered from this. For instance, what's the Border Patrol to do when the border is gone?

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