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Anita is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome who lives a happy, routine life in Buenos Aires, being meticulously cared for by her mother Dora. One tragic morning in 1994, everything changes when Anita is left alone, confused and helpless after the nearby Argentine Israelite Mutual Association is bombed (the deadliest bombing in Argentina's history). As Anita wanders through the city, she learns not only to care for herself, but touches the lives of those around her, from an alcoholic to a family of Asian immigrants. Anita is the latest from renowned filmmaker Marcos Carnevale, director of "Elsa and Fred." The film stars Academy Award-nominated actress Norma Aleandro, Peto Menahem, Luis Luque, Leonor Manso (named Best Supporting Actress at the Argentine Academy Awards for her performance), and introduces Alejandra Manzo as Anita.

About the Director

Marcos Carnevale began his career in advertising in 1983. In 1991 he started his own production company: Millecento Cinema. From that moment on, he has created and directed over 300 commercials that have earned him various international awards. Mr. Carnevale's career as a screenwriter of TV series is long widely acclaimed. Marco wrote, directed and produced his first feature film in 1996 (Noche de Ronda). Until his second film, Almejas y Mejillones (2000), Marcos concentrated on screenplays such as Esa maldita costilla, Papa es un idolo, or the script for the animation feature Los Pitin al rescate. In 2003, he finished the script of El dia que me amen, and he began working on his third feature film: Elsa & Fred, which film had theatrical distribution in the US. In 2009, he wrote, directed and produced Anita.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Norma Aleandro, Luis Luque, Leonor Manso, Peto Menahem, Alejandra Manzo
  • Directors: Marcos Carnevale
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Menemsha Films, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2012
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0070ZDMVM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,800 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Anita" is a heart-warming Argentine film which follows the titular character, a young woman with Down syndrome, on her journey home through the streets of Buenos Aires in the aftermath of a horrific terrorist attack. Anita (played by the wonderful Alejandra Manzo, in her acting debut) is not used to being on her own- early on we see her comfortable life, being cared for by her loving mother Dora (veteran Argentine actress & Academy Award nominee Norma Aleandro). This idyllic opening also introduces us to Anita's older brother Ariel (Peto Menahem), who does not share Anita's disability, but clearly loves his sister despite his brusque attitude (clearly harboring some lingering resentment). And so life goes on for the Feldman family, until one morning Anita is left momentarily in the family shop while her mother runs to the local Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA) to pick up their disability check. Then the explosion hits.

The 1994 terrorist attack on the AMIA in Buenos Aires was the deadliest bombing in Argentina's history, but "Anita" does not delve into the why or how of this devastating attack, nor its impact on the Jewish population. Instead, we see things through the eyes of Anita, who in the aftermath of the explosion is left dazed & lost, wandering through the streets searching for her mother. While Anita seems totally helpless to the people she encounters along her journey - an alcoholic photographer living on the edge, a family of Asian immigrants who run a market, a older woman with shady connections - soon it becomes clear that these people are just as in need of saving as Anita, if not more so. Anita's innocence and child-like wonder acts as a beacon of light to these lost souls as she passes through their lives.
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I bought the movie because it starred Norma Aleandro, but as it happens her role (although important) is little more than a walk on. The key protagonist is her daughter, afflicted with Downe syndrome, who is left alone and motherless after a bombing. The daughter, played by Alejandra Manzo (who actually has Downe syndrome) is treated at a local hospital and then walks out, alone, to try to find her mother and brother. Along the way she meets various people, each with their own problems, who help her in various ways and, in turn, are enriched by the encounters. This could have been a depressing movie, message movie, or tele novela, but is surpisingly unsentimental. To be sure, everyone will have tears in their eyes at various points in the film, but it is really uplifting. Alejandra Manzo is terrific in the film and so are several other characters, notably Leonor Menso, who plays a nurse with her own problems. This is a film that is worth watching more than once.
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This is a beautiful movie which reflects on the impact one individual can have on others. A moving story about a young lady with Down Syndrome that changes the lives of those she comes across on her voyage home.
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This is a brand new film, never before viewed and is one of those films that will always remain in ones memory.
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By RinaHF on December 25, 2012
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Anita was amazing. I love the young actress who played Anita. She should win an award for her performance. Does anyone know if she won anything for her portrayal of Anita?
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