Clandestine Childhood
Clandestine Childhood (2013)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 11, 2013
DVD Release Date: May 7, 2013
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times

Ávila can't quite thread the needle between telling his personal story and connecting it to larger social currents.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

The calmer scenes are staged in staid and somewhat clunky fashion, but the graphic animation depicting the worst moments is starkly effective.

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Prairie Miller
WBAI Radio

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

'Clandestine Childhood'' is the impressive first feature by Argentine director Benjamín Avila.

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David Fear
Time Out

Outré flourishes don't fully lift the story past the limitations of innocence-lost storytelling.

Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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.

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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

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.

Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

A charming, involving first feature, Clandestine Childhood muscles its familiar coming-of-age material into something more vibrant and urgent than the usual.

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