Voces inocentes, (Innocent Voices)
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Voces inocentes, (Innocent Voices)
The bloody civil war which tore apart El Salvador in the 1980s is seen through the eyes of a young boy in this drama from director Luis Mandoki. Chava (Carlos Padilla) is 11 years old and growing up in a small town in El Salvador where the fighting between rebels and government troops is a daily fact of life. Chava's father has abandoned the family, leaving him behind as the man of the house while his mother (Leonor Varela) and sister try to maintain a normal life by day while dodging bullets by night. Chava's 12th birthday is coming up, which puts the boy in a dangerous position -- at… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 71%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Effective without being overwhelming."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The many riveting moments will stay with you for days, and Padilla is well up to the task of carrying this intense story on his tiny shoulders."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"This coming of age tale of a boy who suddenly becomes the man of the house is too naive and simplistic to convey the tumultuous political context of El Salvador in the 1980s."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Reminds us how the human spirit can transcend even the worst tragedy."
‑ Diana Saenger, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"while [Mandoki's] subject matter is dramatic and heart-breaking, his film is slow and repetitive."
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"In the best parts of Innocent Voices, we experience both war's tragedy and its sometimes weird exhilaration -- with innocent clarity."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"It's a harrowing tale, but one that gets phonied up with unnecessary slo-mos, manipulative soundtrack cues, and unrestrained thespianism."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Padilla is superb as a boy who eagerly looks forward to manhood while ruefully bidding farewell to youth."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"...the hit-you-over-the-head scenes of sudden conscriptions, relentless violence and lack of real political stance keeps this from being as good as it should have been."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"The images of war are never easy to watch, but those feelings of profound sorrow are magnified when children are turned into soldiers with guns as big as they are."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone, TheMovieChicks.com
"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 Voices."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"It's depressing - God, is it depressing - in a way that only a film about growing up amidst a Central American civil war can be, but it is also often uplifting, and that is a tricky balance to pull off."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"Innocent Voices is based on a true story, and you know what that often means: It feels very untrue."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"...builds to its climax with inexorable precision, yet never hits audiences over the head with manufactured emotional moments."
‑ Chris Barsanti, Film Journal International
"A powerful reminder of how war should never be an option in the resolution of a conflict, even as a last resort"
‑ Edward Havens, FilmJerk.com
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