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Innocent Voices [DVD]
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2007
The movie "Salvador" made a lasting impression; it was a movie about the political situation in El Salvador during years of civil war, about death-squads and human suffering."Innocent people" is about humans and humanity itself.

I embraced myself for the horrors to come in "Innocent voices" how can movie portray war without blood and terror done in the latest Hollywood fashion. But then again this isn't a Hollywood movie.

The film captures innocence, beauty, tranquility of forest scenario of rivers, in children's games and laughter. Yet the war is always present in uniformed soldiers, stray bullets in the middle of the night, tears of mothers and the inevitable abduction of young boys ear-marked for a grown up's war at the age of 12, a fact ever present in the film.

Stunning performances by young actors and older ones alike! I was at awe the whole time the film ever surprising me. A powerful story played out perfectly on a grand scale and worth every ones time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 March 2009
the film is a shocking view of the reality in the days of the salvadorian war. it shows how cruel war is and you won't believe what soldiers are able to do. there are scenes I am sure you can't hide your tears. but netherheless for each one who goes through life with open eyes it is a very important work to understand what is going on in the world. the little main actor is amazing playing his part as it really would happen.
also the rest of the actors crew. well directed. good quality in sound and vision. my advice: watch this film. kids under 16 better should watch
it with their parents.
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41 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on 24 August 2009
I have been reading through the reviews for this horrific story, yet stupendous film, most of which I thoroughly endorse, but I came upon one by `HAPPY TULIP'(!) which she posted in September 2007 and I could not disagree more with her when she says that you can't show it to children of twelve.
This film is, as she also says, quite brilliant. This is the sort of world cinema production that Hollywood would not even know how to begin to make. It is `brilliant' in that it, in a necessarily harsh and even callous way, defines the brutal reality that is war and the fact that it is very often the children who suffer the most.
There is far too much `cotton-woolling' of 'kiddies' in the UK and North America. That is why Americans were so shocked and surprised by the reality of life when they were attacked on 9/11. This was, after all, the kind of brutality which had hitherto only been perpetrated upon American citizens by other American citizens within their own country - think of the black struggle, as just one example!
`Innocent Voices' is a tragic story but can be a tremendous lesson in learning to abhor the hatred and violence meted out by human beings upon each other. It is therefore necessary that children should be exposed to this reality as early as possible and, in my belief, this film should be required viewing by all children of 11 years and up. By all means sit with them and explain what is happening and be ready to console them if they are distressed. But for goodness sake let them see it. In any case, they need to be distressed! This is, after all, what is happening to children of much younger than eleven all over the world still today.
So, ensure that the children understand clearly that the gratuitous violence of El Salvador, (not to mention the sort which comes out of Hollywood all the time), is totally unacceptable and, rightly directed, hopefully they will the sooner become firmly resolved to be a part of a worldwide movement to ensure that these kinds of vicious regimes cannot exist and they will become better adults for it.
The film is indeed brutal in places - but has its lighter moments, the beauty of the countryside, the relationships within the families - and we are left with a feeling of hope at the end of it all. The hope is actually in the plundered innocence of children themselves. By all means let us preserve the beauty of this childhood innocence as long as possible but there is no reason why it should not be `informed innocence'. I recommend this film to all who are repulsed by war of any kind and take hope from its message. And - thank God for movies that are made outside of the Hollywood studio system!
Ray - The Dorian
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2009
I saw this film when it first came out and have seen it tens of times since. The film gives you a good image of the everyday life in El Salvador during the war that went on for too long.
It is moving to see how the children have grown up to accept the war as a part of their everyday lives, how they have to choose between becoming a child soldier or a guerilla fighter, what sacrifices the mother has to do to provide her children a 'normal' life. . .
This is a beautiful film that doesn't preach nor point fingers but will make you think.
I have seen this film tens of times and will watch it again and never get bored of it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 6 April 2010
Voces Innocentes [spanish, subtitled English] is one of those rare classics - a movie that could so easily be overlooked by the world, is relatively difficult to buy but is an absolutely amazing, and beautiful story. Although I had a few tearful moments, the film, which tells the story of Chava, a young boy, who, when is turns of the right age, is taken away from his family along with all the boys of his age to train to be a soldier - and the twists his life takes from there onwards. Innocent Voices is the most fitting title, and I would recommend this to all adults, perhaps not children. Well worth a watch certainly.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
on 9 November 2006
After reading the first customers comments I felt compelled to write my first review, it is the melodrama and horrific subject matter of this film that makes it so incredibly memorable, this is easily the best film of 2005, poignant, funny, serious, thought provoking, tragic, this is a great film and one that can't be missed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 October 2010
I watched this movie without reading any of the blurb on the back of the case. I really wasn't prepared for the emotional rollercoaster that this film was. The acting was superb. Leonor Varela shows that she is not just a pretty face, she was brilliant, completely beleivable as a mother struggling to make ends meet and raise small children. Her facial expression during one particular scene with Chava made me cry! As for Carlos Padilla - amazing!
This movie is a true account and some of the content is disturbing. Top marks from the directors for capturing the 'essence of innocence' and how easily that is destroyed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2010
So shocking to find out that today 300,000 children still fight in wars.
A very moving film !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2009
This film is, quite simply, brilliant. From the direction, to the acting, to the storyline, nothing is left unexplained, no stone unturned. As a student, I was, like most others, blinded by the Hollywood lights for many years until one of my flatmates suggested I watch foreign movies. This film puts any Hollywood 'blockbuster' to shame.

For what is a fraction of the budget, and, supposedly, a fraction of the acting talent, South America has produced a masterpiece, comparable, I feel to the Godfather or Shawshank Redemption (the latter, my personal favourite), albeit, all 3 movies are of different genres.

It is about a boy who is coming up to the age where the army will take him (conscription) to fight the guerillas. The title innocent minds is well suited as we go through, what feels like Chava's (the main character) entire childhood, from his first romance, friendships, family troubles, reunions, him being 'the man of the house', his first job and his heartbreaks until ultimately comes the time when he turns 12 and is old enough to be a soldier. When the time comes, he makes his personal choice, as any one of us would, based on his experiences. (I will not spoil this film). This film is written so you feel Chava's pain and elation, you almost become him.

I will plead with anyone purchasing this fabulous piece of art to cast aside their Hollywood glasses (those things that give you cliches and a false sense of realism), do not pity this film for its lower budget because this does not effect this film in the slightest. If anything, it makes it more realistic, enabling you to feel part of the movie which most people will not have experienced via Hollywood.

Can't recommend this film enough, you'd be a fool to miss out.
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on 20 December 2014
The opening scene follows feet marching the rain. You realise that not all the feet belong to soldiers and that some are probably children. The camera pans back to confirm that children are being led away, potentially to their death. From then on the film is shot looking from or at the main character, Chava's point of view.
Chava's father has left his family to escape the civil war & live in the US. Chava's mother tells him that he is now the man of the house and it turns out that this is more than an honorary title. The films follows his day to day life a mixture of school, friends, play and trying to earn money to ease the family finances. The normalcy and humour of these scenes contrast with the real dangers of being caught in the crossfire of nightly fire-fights. Crucially Chava is 11 and from the age of 12 boys are conscripted into the army after being rounded up at school or during village raids, so the tension is maintained that he or his friends could be picked up at any time. Chava sees older girls being taken away too and in his innocence wonders what their role in the army will be.
Maintaining Chava's point of view is one of the films many strengths. It does not pull back from showing any of the horrors happening at this time but emphasises them by showing what he sees and by the spare, simple language of the children involved.
Opening & closing credits give enough background details of the civil war in El Salvador 1980-1992, so that prior knowledge is neither presumed nor required. The sub-titles are good and if you are learning or already understand Spanish, you will be able to follow much of the dialogue as it mainly involves children speaking or being spoken to by adults.
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