Innocent Voices

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Released 2004

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Innocent Voices

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Director:
Luis Mandoki
Released:
2004
Rating:
R
Innocent Voices is a 2005 drama about an 11-year old El Salvadoran boy who must become the man of his household after his father abandons his family in the middle of a civil war. The boy, Chava (Carlos Padilla), is being raised in the 1980s when El Salvador's government armed forces are recruiting 12-year olds out of their classrooms to prepare to fight for their country. Chava is just one year out from also being forced to fight the government's battle against peasant rebels, but he has already grown up quicker than most kids his age. Surrounded by a sea of daily violence, the boy hustles to find work to help his single mother (Leonor Varela) and experiences his first taste of love with a female classmate (Paulina Gaytan Ruiz). With just his mother and a small radio to keep his spirits up, Chava soon faces the impossible choice of whether he will fight for the government army or rebels. Innocent Voices was directed by Luis Mandoki and based on a true story.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    Mandoki, who with this film returns to the Spanish-speaking cinema after a string of Hollywood films, has brought a sure sense of the visual and taut construction to Innocent Voice...

  • 60

    Variety Scott Foundas

    While the respectable result is a more meaningful film than just about anything Mandoki worked on during his 17 years in Hollywood ("Angel Eyes," "Message in a Bottle"), pic suffer...

  • 50

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    As an outcry against the forcible conscription of children into armies around the world, Innocent Voices, is an honorable film. But as a balanced portrait of a tragic civil war, it...

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