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real. Padilla's earnest, natural presence lends an almost documentary-style realism to Chava's plight. --Associated Press
It is at once intimate and epic. --Hollywood Reporter
We applaud the director, Luis Mandoki, for shining a light on the plight of children during wartime. --UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman
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I'll not repeat the summary of the film that others have posted here. It's the film's impact that reflects so well on the power of this medium.
After the closing credits ran, there was total silence in the auditorium, broken only by the soft sound of sobbing all around. And then you realized you were among those in tears. I haven't seen such a reaction to a film since "Schindler's List." It is hard to describe the emotional impact of this often funny, but ultimately very moving semi-autobiographical film. It's a shame you can't see in the theaters any more, but I strongly recommend seeing "Innocent Voices" on DVD with a loved one with whom you can share a healthy cry at the end. You will be changed.
The first time that I saw this movie I could not stop crying. I felt like it was me going again the way I try every day to forget. I noticed that this writer takes sides. He portrait the salvadorean army as the enemy. Well that was good for him because I did not had any side. I just was waiting who, the army or guerrilla, would be the first to kill me. I recommend this movie for everyone who like crying, and for someone who ever live a war. but, please before watching it see the rating. Once you have seen it you'll never forget it.
The gifted young actor who plays Chava blends a mixture of horror and wonder to illustrate the traumatizing effects of war on his simple, humble life. He plays with his friends, courts a nice girl, and is constantly stressing his mother by wandering away in the middle of military invasions. Tension reigns as a quiet dinner can be interrupted by gunshots cracking and bullets smashing through windows, forcing Chava and his family to lay flat under beds to avoid being blown apart. One touching scene occurs when an uncle (from the guerilla resistance) visits and warfare breaks out just beyond their porch step. The uncle calms the terrified family by strumming a soothing tune on his guitar while laying on his back, shrapnel whining overhead in a disturbing cacophony.
There are many memorable scenes. A priest tries to maintain his integrity as acts of immorality threaten to overwhelm him. A delayed man with the mind of a child commits an act of bravery that earns a brutal punishment later. Kids run around playing hide-and-seek and then find the game taking a traumatic turn as they flee from rampaging soldiers who want to recruit them. Chava is nearly snared by death many times as he ventures into harm's path in a way that suggests he has lived in a battleground far too long.
He shows a rebellious spirit by playing a "banned" radio song in front of lounging soldiers when he is angry at them.Read more ›
Under age Salvadorean kids are forced to join the army; so they have to hide from the soldiers, in this case a kid have to be the man of the house after his father leaves the family and moves to the USA to help his family, he is told that the army is trained by the US forces and his uncle is a "guerrillero" the movie is about his survival in a small town where the daily attacks by the army takes place.
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How did the Academy not accept this movie to compete for their Best Foreign Film selection?
It's one of those great movies about children dealing with the harsh reality and... Read more
Innocent Voices will leave you speechless and with the realization of the true horrors of war. Born and growing up in the United States, one cannot truly imagine what it is like to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
What an amazing, exceptional movie! Let me just say that if this film interests you in any way, DEFINITELY SEE IT. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mogulmeister
Awesome but sad story. Great movie, excellent quality and sound. Story based on true events. Highly recommend.Published 5 months ago by mike-t
Great movie. It was sad to see how the people and children suffered during that time. I now understand what my father went thru and the reason he left El Salvador when he was... Read morePublished 7 months ago by alma perez
Anyone who needs to learn more about the difficult times El Salvador had to deal with must watch this movie. For the young Salvadorans, don't take what you have for granted. Read morePublished 7 months ago by D.A.M.