"Chiclé," (pronounced 'CHEE - CLAY'), the Spanish word for chewing gum, addresses the innocence and incorruptibility of a young boy trying to remain on the path to morality in an impoverished third-world community, despite the depraved actions of those around him .
"Chiclé" addresses the innocence and incorruptibility of a young boy trying to survive and remain on the path to morality in an impoverished third-world community, despite the depraved actions of those around him. Pablo, a Peruvian street kid, discovers a lost American girl and sacrifices his means of survival---selling gum--- to help her find her mother. Meanwhile, his older brother robs an American tourist who happens to be lost girl's mother and gives the stolen money to his own mother. Pablo has to return to his family heartbroken and empty-handed. But his spirits are raised when his brother presents him with a stolen photo of the girl, and his mother gives him two American dollars to buy gum for the next day. Written by
This is a short film from Peru about a poor young boy (probably about 8 or 9) who helps feed his family by selling gum to tourists. While he lives in incredible poverty, he has not lost his dignity as evidenced by his reaction to coming upon a lost English girl (probably about 5 or 6) while working. While his older and rather amoral brother tells him to ignore the kid, he insists on staying behind to help the girl find her hotel--even though they don't speak each other's language. So, the older brother leaves him and, by chance, happens upon the frantic mother of the lost child. Instead of helping, he slugs her and steals her money. But, the good boy perseveres and eventually they find the mother.
The film is short but tells a good story about decency that transcends language and socio-economic status. It's a feel-good film that is excellent for kids, though jaded adults might feel its message is far from subtle.
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