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The Tombs (1991)
"Las tumbas" (original title)

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"El Pollo," a 13-year-old child in reform school, witnesses and experiences the brutalization of the guards and the other inmates.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jorge Mayor ...
La Gaita
Isabel Quinteros ...
Lidia Catalano ...
Sara Benítez ...
Miguel Dedovich ...
Padre Roque
Pompeyo Audivert ...
Julio Suárez
Andrés Tiengo ...
Julio Arrieta
Eduardo Saucedo ...
El Pollo
Miguel Palma ...
Guillermo Marrone ...
Erasmo Olivera ...


"El Pollo," a 13-year-old child in reform school, witnesses and experiences the brutalization of the guards and the other inmates.

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Argentina's official selection for the 1991 Oscar Awards, Foreign Language film category. See more »

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Beautiful movie
30 May 2005 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

A beautiful, poetic movie regarding the tormented existence of young inmates in Argentinian's juvenile jails, more or less during dictatorship rule. The young "pollo" escapes from one male-directed prison only to be recaptured and sent to another one, led by women. In spite of the warden's ferocity and sadism, he manages to tie a relationship with the only female that seems to care for the kids, who is eventually discovered and punished. The film discloses the rueful sadic behaviour of adults, priests included, against the stray cats, and the magic of human relationships that mild in these desperate situations. Though it seems that from Argentina we only get movies about fascist and concentration-camp like prisons, of course this reflects the dramatic recent history but I would like to see more variety. A praise for the little actors, especially the one playing "Lupini" is great.

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