This near-silent black and white film from Argentina tells the story of a city that has lost its voice, stolen by Mr. TV, and the attempts of a small family to win the voice back. Similar in design to early German expressionist films.
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Nine-year-old Muriel and her mother leave Buenos Aires for parts unknown. A freak accident, which reminds us of the importance of using the parking brake, renders them destitute, and they must beg for a roof over their heads.
This leads to other developments, which I will not describe, except to say that they're not generally what you'd expect. In particular, occurrences that will tend to be viewed by those inured to Hollywood fare as foreshadowing or sinister hints of an ugly surprise may end up being (as in life) groundless.
Fairly realistic slice-of-(somewhat unusual)-life in a breathtakingly beautiful corner of Argentina. Touching, saddening, thoughtful, seldom dull. Not unlike "Central Station" in some respects. Worth going out of your way for, if you like this kind of movie.
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