Anita is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome (Alejandra Manzo) who lives a happy, routine life in Buenos Aires, being meticulously cared for by her mother Dora (Academy Award ... See full summary »
Anita is the story of a young woman with Down syndrome (Alejandra Manzo) who lives a happy, routine life in Buenos Aires, being meticulously cared for by her mother Dora (Academy Award nominee Norma Aleandro). One tragic morning in 1994, everything changes when Anita is left alone, confused and helpless after the nearby Argentine Israelite Mutual Association is bombed (the deadliest bombing in Argentina's history). As Anita wanders through the city, she learns not only to care for herself, but touches the lives of those around her, from an alcoholic to a family of Asian immigrants. Anita is the latest from renowned filmmaker Marcos Carnevale, director of "Elsa & Fred". Written by
I just found this title and decided to see it because in the credits was the name of Norma Leandro. The fact is that the fantastic actress from Argentina is not the one who touches you and remains in your memory: is Anita (Alejandra Manzo), the girl with down syndrome, who performs a truly remarkable, emotional and touching film. The script is simple, but Marcos Carnevale, the director (Elsa & Fred), leads the story with sensibility and yet distance. It's all about this woman, Anita, who loses her mother after a bomb explosion in Buenos Aires, and gets lost in the city. During several days she walks and finds people who doesn't know what to do with her. She isn't able to say too much about what happened to her because her world was limited to her mother's company. With this few elements a great movie is done and delivered to the audience. I don't live in Argentina. But this film convinces me that in this country there is a profound sensibility that is expressed in films. A must see, if you like movies where the human beings are shown as they are, as we are.
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