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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 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...

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Drama | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Óscar Torres, the man on whom the story is based, was on set for most of the shoot. He was often seen crying between takes off set, saying the shots brought back painful memories. 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

Priest: I assure you, when one lives in the grace of God, war does not exist.
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Soundtracks

Cumbia Del Brinquito
aka "Cumbia Del Sapo"
Written by Edelmiro Abrego López
Performed by Bongo
Courtesy of Bongo
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A film that you will remember for a long time.
19 September 2004 | by travelman-1See all my reviews

I just saw this film (World Premiere)the final day of the Toronto International Film Festival on September 18. It is in Spanish with English subtitles. The film, set in El Salvador during the years of civil war in the '80s, is told through the voice and eyes of 11-year old Chava. He lives with his mother, two brothers and a sister in a cardboard-house in a village, and at age 12 will be 'eligible' to be taken into the "ejercito" (army). The acting is superb-both principals and supporting cast- as is the directing and pacing. This film will leave you moved both to tears and to admiration for the human spirit. Though the two hours seemed to pass in minutes, thinking about this film will last for many years. I really felt I was present "on the set". Both the director(Luis Mandoki) and the screenplay writer(Oscar Torres, who was the boy in the film) were present for an emotional and uplifting Q&A. I could only give this film a 10 and hope it will be distributed in as many countries as possible.


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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 USA:

$192,055, 16 October 2005

Gross USA:

$837,878

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,048,103
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DTS | Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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