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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

Brilliant multi-faceted view of Argentina's impoverished youth

9/10
Author: Gonzalo Melendez (gonz30) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1 May 1999

A brilliant piece of work from a 28 year old Argentine director who knows his subject, BRAIN DRAIN, aka "Fuga de Cerebros" is a comprehensive, thought provoking film which not only addresses American cultural supremacy in today's & yesterday's Argentina (a reality long ignored by a country so boastful of its "European-ness", a myth this country loves selling to the world) but also explores alienation, poverty, love and racism among other topics. Technically sound, and featuring powerful performances from teenage actors, the picture excels in its realistic, crude view of the lot of Buenos Aires' disadvantaged youth, not unlike what exists in the Western world's other great metropolises, European and American alike.

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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Buena pero le falto/Almost there

6/10
Author: diazr from Philadelphia, USA
9 January 2003

This film also follows in the tradition of Los Olvidados and Rodrigo D. in that it attempts to link the audience to the point of view of poor urban youth. It succeeds in creating sympathy for the characters but it makes the mistake of looking for looking for more.

The omnicent point of view is intermingled with characters' daydreams and nightdreams and thus it's hard to get a consistent message across; as an audience I ended up unsure of the depth of each character and whether I was to find them believable; I found myself not liking the ending because it was too conclusive.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A nice try

6/10
Author: Patricio from Buenos Aires, Argentina
16 February 1999

I think that this movie had to be similar to the excellent low-budget film "Pizza, Birra, Faso", because they have the same theme (marginal boys trying to survive), but this one did not completely satisfy my expectations. Why is that?: First, because is not so realistic as the other; second, because there are some things in the plot that I think that didn´t work (eg: the dreams that one of the boys had with a girl - they are totally out of context); Finally because the movie´s ending is very excessive. Despite what I have written, it´s a limited but interesting film, and a good attempt at an original movie. I think it's worth a look. I give this title a 6.5 out of 10.

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5 out of 10 people found the following review useful:

One of the Worst National Movies

1/10
Author: Sebastian (Alishynchaynes@hotmail.com) from Buenos Aires, Argentina
13 January 2003



It´s really one of the worst Argentine movies of all times. I have almost never seen something like this before. It pretends to put in a mirror a bunch of kids with broken homes, money troubles, showing they still have dreams. All this movie shows real life in a very fake way, I just don´t buy the way leather jackets actors behave.

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