Tom Cruise (with Paula Wagner and Cruise/Wagner Productions) served as one of the film's producers.
The film was released on a limited basis on March 17, 2006 and was entered into the 28th Moscow International Film Festival.
Arturo writes a dedication in one of his books to her and throws it into the sand.
Part of the film was shot at Pinelands High School, on fields modified to simulate a Los Angeles scenery. Despite finishing the script in the early 1990s, he couldn't find financial backing from a studio.
The story is set during the Great Depression, specifically around the time of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake.
Camilla (Salma Hayek) is a fiery, beautiful Mexican café waitress who aspires one day to be above her current standing in society, to make something of herself, to give her and her future children a place and chance in the world.
Farrell's character is portrayed as a struggling writer who comes to Los Angeles's Bunker Hill area to start his writing career.
Though he falls in love with Camilla, he does not marry her.