Clandestine Childhood
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Clandestine Childhood
Argentina, 1979. After years of exile, Juan (12) and his family come back to Argentina under fake identities. Juan's parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities they are being tracked down relentlessly, and the threat of capture and even death is constant. However, Juan's daily life is also full of warmth and humor, and he quickly and easily integrates into his new environment. His friends at school and the girl he has a gigantic crush on, Maria, know… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ávila can't quite thread the needle between telling his personal story and connecting it to larger social currents."
‑ Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times
"The calmer scenes are staged in staid and somewhat clunky fashion, but the graphic animation depicting the worst moments is starkly effective."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"A solemn reverie about an urban guerrilla mother in revolutionary struggle, and the maternal ideal as ambivalent myth and martyr. Giving rise to the contemplation of art as an act of necessity, and the creative journey of the life of an idea in a film."
‑ Prairie Miller, WBAI Radio
"'Clandestine Childhood'' is the impressive first feature by Argentine director Benjamín Avila."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Outré flourishes don't fully lift the story past the limitations of innocence-lost storytelling."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"Benjamín Ávila structures the film as a series of precious moments, remembrances of a difficult year when the politics of patria and family got in the way of his puppy love."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"When a filmmaker proves as reluctant as Mr. Ávila to speak up about the past, to engage with its full complexity, it can be hard to hear what he's saying."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"A charming, involving first feature, Clandestine Childhood muscles its familiar coming-of-age material into something more vibrant and urgent than the usual."
‑ Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice
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