Alsino, a boy of 10 or 12, lives with his grandmother in a remote area of Nicaragua. He's engulfed in the war between rebels and government troops when a US advisor orders the army to open ... See full summary »
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Fernando Fernán Gómez
Alsino, a boy of 10 or 12, lives with his grandmother in a remote area of Nicaragua. He's engulfed in the war between rebels and government troops when a US advisor orders the army to open a staging area by the boy's hamlet. Alsino tries to be a child, climbing trees with a girl, looking through his grandfather's trunk of mementos and trying to fly; he goes to town to sell a saddle, has his first drink and is taken to a brothel. But the war surrounds him. The US advisor takes Alsino on a chopper flight, but he's unimpressed. The soldiers' cruelties awake rebel sympathies in Alsino, and after an army assault backfires, the lad is fully baptized into the conflict. Written by
Miguel Littin shows to us as by means of the collectivity is possible to reach the freedom. The film is developed in a jungle in Nicaragua, where there is a boy with the name of Alsino that dreams about flying, dreams about being free. The films shows all the ways that Alsino looks for the freedom, beginning with the freedom offered by countries of the first world; later with which Alsino thinks that it is freedom; later with the freedom offered by Capitalism; and finally account that the freedom is only obtained being united to its community, becoming Manuel. Also it is important to emphasize the position that Littin gives the woman, where the sample as it leaves from the fight in the search of the freedom.
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