Everyone wishes for something, it’s learning how to wish that’s the real
EMILIANO, a pragmatic Mexican, 20, works as a fisherman by day and a
musician by night to take care of his deranged MOTHER, SOPHIA. His AUNT
GRACIELA covets her sister’s property and needs to get rid of Emiliano.
She convinces him to travel to the United States, where he will win The
International Ranchera/Corrido Contest and return home rich enough to take
care of his mother.
On the road north, Emiliano is rescued from a group of ill-tempered
MARIACHIES by ARNULFO, and in return offers to help the stranger secure
passage to the U.S. Arnulfo, a terrorist, secretly slips a weapons
software disc into Emiliano’s belongings.
Traveling with a truckload of fellow illegal’s the two cross the border
where they are ambushed by ANGLO RANCHERS. Everyone escapes but Emiliano,
who is left behind. More importantly to Arnulfo, the irreplaceable
software is left behind as well.
Lost in the desert, Emiliano finds, and accidentally calls forth, the
occupant of an old bronze canister, an irascible GENIE who tricks the
delirious Emiliano into making a wish. When Emiliano recovers, Genie
prompts him to make another, but Emiliano doesn’t believe in the
“something-for-nothing” aspect of “wishing,” and refuses. For 5000 years
Genie has provided wishes for sex, power or riches, and here is someone
unwilling to wish for anything. This creates a conflict that Genie is not
familiar with. Emiliano prods the emotion between the two when he
questions whether Genie wishes for anything. Of course Genie does, but he
won’t lower himself to revealing his desire to a mere human.
In L.A. Arnulfo assigns DANGEROUS MEN to locate the boy and retrieve his
A thousand miles away, Emiliano gets work with a group of ILLEGAL’S. The
kindness of their leader, JOSE, is well spent on Emiliano as he finds a
father figure in the older man and falls in love with Jose’s bullheaded
daughter, ROSA. Jose has kept his group independent from the gangster,
SAMMY, who controls the work of local illegal’s. Then, one night, Jose is
murdered by one of Sammy’s henchmen and Emiliano is forced to use a wish
to help Rosa and the group. Rather than wish for money Emiliano “thinks”
about what he wants; “I wish for a job where I get a little respect. A job
where men look up to me, and I get lots of money and nice clothes.” Poof!
The boy is transformed into a nightclub stripper known as Emily. Emiliano/Emily
is helped by two other strippers STAR and JR and he assists Rosa and the
group as he intended.
The terrorists close in, and with Sammy’s help they locate the illegal’s
camp and take Rosa hostage in order to draw Emiliano out.
With the help of Genie, Star and JR, Emily rescues Rosa and they head to
Los Angeles. But to become Emiliano again means using the last wish
leaving him unprotected from Arnulfo. Emily/Emiliano finally understands
that wishes are not made from the center of desire; the mind, but from the
center of love; the heart. She wishes, and it works, but when Emiliano
puts himself in personal danger against Arnulfo the outcome is nearly
fatal. Only the power of a willing genie can save him, but the cost
appears to be a life for a life; Genie’s for Emiliano’s.
Emiliano recovers, returns to Mexico with Rosa, Star and JR. He rescues
his mother and their home and soon learns that Genie did not die, but by
sacrificing his life for Emiliano’s he has received his wish, the wish of
all genie’s ... to serve God as an Angel.
2005 Marc Calderwood
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