Are machismo, infidelity and violence inseparable? When filmmaker Sheldon Schiffer tears off the veils of silence in his Nicaraguan immigrant family, he uncovers the scars left on his ... See full summary »

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Are machismo, infidelity and violence inseparable? When filmmaker Sheldon Schiffer tears off the veils of silence in his Nicaraguan immigrant family, he uncovers the scars left on his mother, aunt and grandmother by his enigmatic grandfather. In a tragically common family saga, Schiffer reflects on his legacy and reexamines what it means to be a man.

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28 June 1994 (USA)  »

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Touching, but not for the Tata Boy.
28 July 2004 | by (Carson City, Nevada) – See all my reviews

Sheldon Schiffer goes in search of his identity by examining his family's difficult past. This is a technically very good documentary with some intense and

touching moments.

"Tata Boy" refers to Mr. Schiffer as the grandson of Tata, the enigmatic maternal grandfather who was an abusive father to Schiffer's mother and aunt. The movie certainly gets the point across that the scars left by parental abuse span the generations.

The great irony is, in a film where Schiffer is searching to better understand his own identity and find some emotional connection to his grandfather, his

emotional responses come across as insincere and pretentious. It would have

been better for Mr. Schiffer to react honestly.


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