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Chronicle of a Boy Alone (1965)

Crónica de un niño solo (original title)
CHRONICLE OF A BOY ALONE, is an indictment of a fascist regime running roughshod over its most vulnerable citizens, its children. Focusing on the bleak life of eleven-year-old bad boy Polin... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diego Puente ...
Tino Pascali ...
Oficial of Justice
Cacho Espíndola ...
Phisical Training (as Óscar Espíndola)
Victoriano Moreira ...
Beto Gianola ...
The Girl
Elcira Olivera Garcés
María Luisa Robledo
Carlos Lucero
Mario Pena
Juan Valunes
Amadeo Sáenz Valiente
Juan Castro ...
Child #1


CHRONICLE OF A BOY ALONE, is an indictment of a fascist regime running roughshod over its most vulnerable citizens, its children. Focusing on the bleak life of eleven-year-old bad boy Polin, who's been abandoned by his family and sent to live in a state-run orphanage, it's also a moving portrait of the human spirit imprisoned by the chains of well-intentioned fools. Inside the harsh confines of the supposedly beneficial institution, Polin and his fellow inmates must deal with constant physical and psychological abuse by the staff, as well as the natural emotional tensions brought on by their own burgeoning adolescence. But through it all, they manage to keep their hopes alive with optimistic talk of freedom and bold plans of escape. One day, when the opportunity finally arises, and Polin learns that freedom, too, has its price. Written by Jim Stark

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A classic for Argentina's movie making
16 April 2000 | by (Cologne) – See all my reviews

"Crónica..." is another great movie from one of our greatest directors. It depicts with poetry and simplicity the reality of a lonely boy, marginal from the system that is supposed to protect and educate, and instead only brutalizes him. As always, Favio is great finding poetic symbols to express things; the most notable in this movie, the horse at the end, representing the future of this child which, probably, ultimately has none.

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