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Innocent Voices (2004)

Voces inocentes (original title)
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A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him.

Director:

Luis Mandoki

Writers:

Luis Mandoki (screenplay), Oscar Orlando Torres (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carlos Padilla Carlos Padilla ... Chava
Leonor Varela ... Kella
Gustavo Muñoz Gustavo Muñoz ... Ancha
José María Yazpik ... Uncle Beto
Ofelia Medina ... Mama Toya
Daniel Giménez Cacho ... Priest
Jesús Ochoa ... Chofer
Jorge Angel Toriello Jorge Angel Toriello ... Fito
Adrian Alonso ... Chele
Andrés Márquez Andrés Márquez ... Marcos
Alejandro Felipe Alejandro Felipe ... Ricardito (as Alejandro Felipe Flores)
Ana Paulina Caceres Ana Paulina Caceres ... Rosita (as Ana Paulina Cáceres)
Xuna Primus Xuna Primus ... Cristina Maria
Paulina Gaitan ... Angelita (as Paulina Gaytan Ruíz)
Alan Chávez Alan Chávez ... Antonio (as Alan Andreé)
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Storyline

A young boy, in an effort to have a normal childhood in 1980's El Salvador, is caught up in a dramatic fight for his life as he desperately tries to avoid the war which is raging all around him.

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How much will a mother sacrifice for the love of her son...

Genres:

Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Mexico | USA | Puerto Rico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

4 November 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Innocent Voices See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,338,000 (Mexico), 3 February 2005, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$192,000, 16 October 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$837,000, 13 November 2005
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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Official submission from Mexico for the 77th Academy Awards. See more »

Goofs

The candles on Chava's birthday cake form an arc of 270 degrees (3/4 of a circle) in a close up and then they are shown placed in a complete circle in subsequent wide shots. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Chava: I'm the man of the house.
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Soundtracks

Jugo de piña
Written by Domingo Antonio Rullo
Performed by Orquesta La Boa
Courtesy of Quin Records
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Outstanding! Signs of a major development in New Mexican Cinema
3 June 2005 | by ixta_coyotlSee all my reviews

I just saw this film at the Seattle International Film Festival premiere and I enjoyed it immensely. I was a little apprehensious as I am a big fan of Oliver Stone's Salvador and I didn't think there was much more to say on the topic. But I must say that Voces Innocentes managed to bring something new to the table thru the innovative idea of telling the story thru the eyes of children. Adding to its poignancy is the fact that it's all based on the true life story of Oscar Orlando Torres, called by his nickname Chava in the film. Torres was present at the screening tonight and few who stayed to listen to him were not moved by his words and life experience. First time actor Carlos Padilla portrays Chava in the film, and his outstanding performance is a credit as much to director Luis Mandoki as it is to himself. The gorgeous Leonor "Cleopatra" Varela also shows she is much more than a pretty face, putting in a very moving performance as Chava's mother. The rest of the cast is also routinely superb, including Spaniard Daniel Giménez Cacho as the priest and Jesus Ochoa (uncredited on IMDb) as the bus driver. Voces Inocentes was filmed in Jalapa, Mexico and produced by the Mexican company Altavista Films (Amorres Perros, Todo el Poder, Nicotina). The cinematography and editing are world class, and the magnificent score really puts the film over the top. Torres told us that the main theme (played on the guitar by his uncle and in the closing credits) was his inspiration for writing the screenplay and it's not hard to see how he was moved by it.

According to Torres, the film will receive a wider US release in September '05 and the DVD release will follow sometime after that.

A final note: despite complaints to the contrary I don't think that the film necessarily took a strong side in the conflict. The government troops definitely weren't portrayed well but the acts of the rebels were neither so glorious. As Torres told us, this film wasn't so much a political statement as "the real life memories of a child". Highly recommended.


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