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Chronicle of a Boy Alone (1965)

Crónica de un niño solo (original title)
CHRONICLE OF A BOY ALONE, is an indictment of a fascist regime running roughshod over its most vulnerable citizens, its children. Focusing on the bleak life of eleven-year-old bad boy Polin... See full summary »

Director:

Leonardo Favio

Writers:

Leonardo Favio, Jorge Zuhair Jury (as Zuhair Jury)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Diego Puente ... Polín
Tino Pascali ... Oficial of Justice
Cacho Espíndola ... Phisical Training (as Óscar Espíndola)
Victoriano Moreira Victoriano Moreira ... Fiori
Beto Gianola ... Police
Leonardo Favio ... Fabián
María Vaner ... The Girl
Elcira Olivera Garcés
María Luisa Robledo
Hugo Arana
Carlos Lucero Carlos Lucero
Mario Pena Mario Pena
Juan Valunes Juan Valunes
Amadeo Sáenz Valiente Amadeo Sáenz Valiente
Juan Castro Juan Castro ... Child #1
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CHRONICLE OF A BOY ALONE, is an indictment of a fascist regime running roughshod over its most vulnerable citizens, its children. Focusing on the bleak life of eleven-year-old bad boy Polin, who's been abandoned by his family and sent to live in a state-run orphanage, it's also a moving portrait of the human spirit imprisoned by the chains of well-intentioned fools. Inside the harsh confines of the supposedly beneficial institution, Polin and his fellow inmates must deal with constant physical and psychological abuse by the staff, as well as the natural emotional tensions brought on by their own burgeoning adolescence. But through it all, they manage to keep their hopes alive with optimistic talk of freedom and bold plans of escape. One day, when the opportunity finally arises, and Polin learns that freedom, too, has its price. Written by Jim Stark

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Drama

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Country:

Argentina

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

5 May 1965 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Chronicle of a Lonely Child See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentina

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Mono
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The film was inspired by the director's own upbringing in the poor town of Mendoza, and the time he spent separated from his father in orphanages and later, after involvement in a robbery, in a reformatory. See more »

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A classic for Argentina's movie making
16 April 2000 | by TrufóSee all my reviews

"Crónica..." is another great movie from one of our greatest directors. It depicts with poetry and simplicity the reality of a lonely boy, marginal from the system that is supposed to protect and educate, and instead only brutalizes him. As always, Favio is great finding poetic symbols to express things; the most notable in this movie, the horse at the end, representing the future of this child which, probably, ultimately has none.


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