(out of 5)

An adorable, spunky, cross-eyed eight year-old lives in Buenos Aires with his rough-edged grandmother () after having been abandoned by his mother and estranged from his workaholic father (director Alejandro Agresti). He dreams of one day being an astronaut, though as we see from this film, just surviving being a lonely eight year-old is a challenge enough for this feisty little hero. One day he meets his father’s newest girlfriend, and throughout their time together wins her over both with his charm (including his hilariously developed vocabulary) and his tragic story; their connection will push his life in a new direction that provides the audience with a beautifully heartfelt experience that never descends into pathetic emotional manipulation or flat familiarity. Coming-of-age movies are a dime a dozen–in fact, reviews of mine that list coming-of-age films as a dime a dozen are a dime a dozen–but this one really is special. Maura is superb, but the film belongs entirely to , whose performance will make you want to adopt him immediately.

Argentina/Netherlands/ France/Spain/Italy, 2002

Directed by

Screenplay by Alejandro Agresti

Cinematography by

Produced by , , , ,

Music by ,

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Film Festivals:  TIFF 2003

Cast Tags:  ,, , , , , , ,



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