Blue Miracle is that movie that touches your heart and all the right fibers to give you hope, to teach you that family is always there and that sometimes things that seem the most impossible can happen. After our exclusive interview with Miguel Ángel García, it’s time to review this incredible film.
Here we go!
Blue Miracle begins with Papa Omar rescuing a little boy from the street and taking him to Casa Hogar, a shelter for all children orphaned or who had to flee their homes due to abuse. Casa Hogar is a refuge for lost children, for children who have nothing … and find everything.
Casa Hogar is part of a family full of people whom life didn’t give opportunities, who had to mature too quickly. And at the head of Casa Hogar is Papa Omar and his wife who take care that the children are well and that they have a safe place where they can be themselves. That they can have a home.
But Casa Hogar has problems. Omar and his wife are struggling financially to get Casa Hogar up and running and it really needs some refurbishment and expansion. In the midst of all of this, we meet Moco. He’s a somewhat troublesome child and he feels so damaged … he really doesn’t want to know anything about Casa Hogar or Papa Omar but he desperately needs them.
Moco learned from a very young age that he could not trust in those who offered him help and that he was alone in the world. That is why he needs Casa Hogar, to learn what a family is and that no one is alone. In the end, we always find our place even where we least expect it, in the end, there is always hope.
And that’s what Casa Hogar needs: hope. Economic problems drown them and a fishing contest seems their best chance to get ahead. Just … they need some help. And the only one who accepts, reluctantly, is a former winner come to nothing who despises Casa Hogar and the boys who form it.
He considers them less for being poor, for not having had opportunities … and it doesn’t help that Moco stole his watch and made him drink urine – although the truth is that, after meeting him, we think he deserved it.
But Blue Miracle is living proof that the one who has the most is not the happiest. This former winner has a nice house, a nice boat and ambition for more but he really is bitter and estranged from his whole family. Meanwhile, the children of Casa Hogar hardly have a collapsed roof in which to shelter but they feel at home, they have a family and they’re happy. They are children.
Life forced them to grow up too fast, but Casa Hogar gave them the opportunity to be children again and not worry about whether they could eat the next day or where they would have to sleep on the street. That’s why they call Omar, Papa Omar.
Because he cares for them, loves them, and cares for them like a father. Because he does what any father would do: fight so that, at all costs, they remain children and can continue dreaming of the impossible without the world overtaking them and taking everything away from them.
Little by little, that bitter man learns that those children are simply …that, children, whom life has failed, whom the people who were supposed to protect have failed, and that had to fight to survive, but also to learn to go back to trusting someone, that someone would take care of them, that they deserve to be loved. And he starts to like them.
However, things get tough in the fishing contest. It doesn’t seem like they can win and they need to win. They deserve to win. Casa Hogar is the only option these children have, it is their only home, he cannot allow everything to be taken away from them again. He cheated once for selfish reasons so why not do it again for those kids? The cause is noble and he proposes it to Papa Omar.
Papa Omar doesn’t want to, his principles prevent it and, furthermore, they can get it cleanly only that … maybe they can’t. The man he is entrusting everything to cheated once, he is not exactly who he claims to be and he may not be able to lead them to victory. He is far from the successful man he once was.
That is a real shock. This man is exposing himself here like he has never exposed himself to anyone. For Casa Hogar. For those children. Because they deserve him to renounce his pride for them.
So Papa Omar thinks about it. Cheating goes against his principles, against everything he believes in but seems the only way out. And despite that, he can’t do it. He decides to follow his heart, be true to his principles and not poison that competition. If they must win, they will win and if not, they will already get out of the quagmire in some way. They always do it. They always fight to stay on their feet for another day. Casa Hogar is built on stories of struggle.
Moco realizes Papa Omar’s decision. And this is where everything changes for him. He’s so used to everyone failing him, everyone choosing the easy path, everyone disappointing him that he didn’t think that Papa Omar would be different, but he is.
From then on, Moco starts calling him that, Papa Omar. Against his instincts, he and the rest of Casa Hogar made a hole in his heart, in that heart that he believed enclosed in a thousand layers of ice, frozen, unable to trust and have affection for someone again. But there it is. He found a new family, a new home, new parents, new siblings. He found hope.
In the end, that fish they needed bites and, against all odds, they win the competition, thus saving Casa Hogar. In this competition, everyone understood that there is always hope for something better and they also learned how to save themselves and trust others. To believe that, together, they can do everything.
It’s emotional to see how everything finally works out for them. I ended with tears of joy when I saw that they won that competition and could be on their feet for another day. That those children and all those who would come to Casa Hogar would have real hope for a future.
It’s emotional to see this story but it is even more emotional when you discover that it is a true story and you really feel proud, proud of Papa Omar, proud of those children and proud of the journey they have made. And hopeful. Proud and hopeful and with a lump in your throat and a smile on your lips.
These children had nothing but they had the most valuable thing: hope and love. Desire to fight. The desire to be kids. These children had nothing and still dreamed of impossible things and a future. These kids had nothing … and they got it all. And the best thing is that thanks to those dreams, other children who came after them also got a family and a home at Casa Hogar and were able to have a future.
You have to watch Blue Miracle. It will make you cry a lot, but it will also make you feel hope, joy and, above all, it will remind you of the importance of faith, family and home. It will remind you of what is truly important.