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Clandestine Childhood (2011)

Infancia clandestina (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 20 September 2012 (Argentina)
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Juan lives in clandestinity. Just like his mum, his dad and his adored uncle Beto, outside his home he has another name. At school, Juan is known as Ernesto. And he meets María, who only ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tio Beto
Charo / Cristina
Daniel / Horacio
Ernesto / Juan
Cristina Banegas ...
Abuela Amalia
Douglas Simon ...
Violeta Palukas ...
Candelaria Irigoyen ...
Lucas García ...
Lucas Zenone ...
Dylan Ezequiel Rodríguez ...
Rodrigo Romero Odriozola ...
Florencia Camila Pagliaroli ...
Joel Sebastián Serrano ...
Juan 7 anos


Juan lives in clandestinity. Just like his mum, his dad and his adored uncle Beto, outside his home he has another name. At school, Juan is known as Ernesto. And he meets María, who only has one name. Based on true facts, set in the Argentina of 1979, this film is "one about love". Written by Historias Cinematográficas

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Release Date:

20 September 2012 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

Clandestine Childhood  »

Box Office


$1,009,653 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$880 (USA) (8 February 2013)


$9,017 (USA) (8 February 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Benjamín Ávila delivers unique perspective on Argentine dictatorship of 70's
29 May 2012 | by (Prague, Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

The movie is an emotional journey that takes its spectators to Argentina's military dictatorship of 1970's. Juan is a boy who struggles with his double identity he obtained for security purposes, as his parents are involved in combat against the regime. Ávila's script collaboration with Müller brings an amazing story that balances between fear of being discovered by military and love in the family, and consequently love of Juan and his classmate María.

Altogether with the script, the movie has absolutely engaging music, art direction and cinematography. Ávila's way of filming brings attention to every single detail and delivers unified piece of cinematographic art.

Actor Teo Gutiérrez Moreno is absolutely superb in his performance of the young boy and his life's struggle. Actress Natalia Oreiro delivers thrilling performance of revolutionary fighter and proves that she can portray a character that is as gentle as a mother to her son, as well as someone determined to fight the military regime. Moreover, actor Ernesto Alterio brings moments of humor into the story as his well-written character of uncle Beto.

The story is based on true events and the love the director dedicated to this movie can be felt in every single second. This outstanding movie will touch not only those familiar with Argentine regime of 70's, yet it will find its way to hearts of many cinema lovers too.

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