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El polaquito (2003)

At age 13, a street kid known as "El Polaquito" makes his living mostly by singing tangos (originally sung by his namesake, the singer "El Polaco") on Buenos Aires commuter trains. He falls... See full summary »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Abel Ayala ...
Polaco (Polaquito)
Marina Glezer ...
Pelu
Fabián Arenillas ...
Limp (father)
Fernando Roa ...
Viejo
Roly Serrano ...
Limp (as Rolly Serrano)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Osvaldo Sanders ...
Cashier
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At age 13, a street kid known as "El Polaquito" makes his living mostly by singing tangos (originally sung by his namesake, the singer "El Polaco") on Buenos Aires commuter trains. He falls in love with a 16 year old prostitute, also working for the Mafia controlling child exploitation in one of Argentina's busiest train stations. He tries to rescue her from this cruel life with no future. But to do so, he must confront the ruthless adult gang leaders, as well as the young kids who protect them, believing that this Mafia is truly their only option. The story is supposedly based on a true story, which happened, and was discovered in Argentina in the late 90s, early 2000s. Written by Guy33134

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9 October 2003 (Argentina)  »

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Abel Araya lived on the streets of Buenos Aires from ages 6 to ages 9. He was living in a home for orphaned boys when he was cast in El Polaquito. See more »

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And that's all?
28 June 2007 | by (Barcelona, Spain) – See all my reviews

El polaquito is a young boy that lives in the streets of Buenos Aires and survives by singing tangos. When he fells in love to a prostitute called Pelu. He will try to rescue her from the Argentinian mafia, but he will not think about the consequences. Well the movie can be considered as a show of the living of the homeless kids of the big cities, but that's all. Neither the actors plays a decent part, and the story is typical and totally unsurprising. Being a film of claim and protest, "City of God" from Meirelles is much better, and being some kind of love story, there a lots of better ones. I think there are many better ways to spend two hours.


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