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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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Diego Puente ...
Polín
Tino Pascali ...
Oficial of Justice
Cacho Espíndola ...
Phisical Training (as Óscar Espíndola)
Victoriano Moreira ...
Fiori
Beto Gianola ...
Police
Leonardo Favio ...
Fabián
María Vaner ...
The Girl
Elcira Olivera Garcés
María Luisa Robledo
Hugo Arana
Carlos Lucero
Mario Pena
Juan Valunes
Amadeo Sáenz Valiente
Juan Castro ...
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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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Interesting but hard to understand at first
18 November 2006 | by (Middle of Nowhere) – See all my reviews

The movie was interesting , trough I admit that the main ideas was missed by me while watching it. The comments posted previously in IMDb helped me to sort some things out. The version I watched was not that good in terms of quality , but still the movie itself seemed to me like a earlier version of " Bad Education " - trough it has its own uniquenesses .

Some of the scenes were very meaningful - starting from the first one on which we see the stairs and the boy standing alone in the middle. The movie really does a good job showing how brutal some adults could be - and that locking people out probably is not the best solution - especially for youth.

There were scenes in which you can't see what is happening - but the previous ones and the ones to follow provide ideas and the viewer imagination could make up for that. I personally liked that.


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