Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Argentina/Spain/Italy, 2002. Alquimia Cinema, Oscar Kramer S.A., Patagonik Film Group, Televisión Española, Vía Digital. Screenplay by Marcelo Figueras, Marcelo Pineyro. Cinematography by Alfredo Mayo. Produced by Pablo Bossi, Pedro D’Angelo, Oscar Kramer, Francisco Ramos. Music by Bingen Mendizabal. Production Design by Jorge Ferrari, Juan Mario Roust. Costume Design by Magali Izaguirre, Ana Markarian. Film Editing by Juan Carlos Macias.
The world of political upheaval is seen through the eyes of a child in this moving, thoroughly engaging drama. Ricardo Darín and Cecilia Roth are excellent as politically outspoken parents of two boys who are trying desperately to keep their family safe as they hide from dictatorship in late-70s Argentina. Ten year-old Harry is protective of his little brother while at the same time completely confused: one day his parents tell him that he will not be going to school the next day, they are moving and he cannot tell his friends, and they must all pick new names for themselves. Director Marcelo Pineyro was the producer of Luis Puenzo’s The Official Story, one of the greatest films ever made and the first major cinematic work to deal with the dictatorship period of Argentina, and here is as equally committed to political revelation as he is to engaging the viewer in dramatic entertainment.
Toronto International Film Festival: 2002