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A dios momo (2006)

With a poetic nod to Fellini, Leonardo Ricagni uses the carnival atmosphere to transport the viewer to a magical place where realism and surrealism live side by side in Uruguay - and what a wonderful place to be.


Leonardo Ricagni


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Credited cast:
Mathias Acuña Mathias Acuña
Jorge Esmoris Jorge Esmoris
Washington Luna Washington Luna


An 11-year-old street boy, Obdulio, who sells newspapers for a living but cannot read or write, finds a magical "Maestro" in the night watchman of the newspaper's office. Obdulio's charismatic mentor not only introduces him to the world of literacy but also teaches him the real meaning of life through the lyrics of the "Murgas" (Carnival Pierrots) during the mythical nights of the irreverent and provocative Urugauyan Carnival. Written by Leonardo Ricagni

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27 February 2007 (Burkina Faso) See more »

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Goodbye Momo See more »

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Beautiful fable in the style of Magical Realism
3 November 2008 | by BraddiganSee all my reviews

Magical realism manifests most often in a pointed and often ambiguous blurring of reality and fantasy. This film is no exception. It playfully deals with the ability of art and music, fantasy and fiction, to represent and alter reality. What is artistically and emotionally effective is the key. If you'd like, at the end, wipe off the expired tears and consolidate the smiles and cast back in your head for clues and indications of reality or unreality. Your conclusions will depend on your worldly perspective, your tastes, and the accuracy of your perceptions. This film, like all others, is open to personal and multiple interpretation. Its ambiguity is irrelevant to its aesthetic, its appeal, and its purpose. It is an observation on Uruguayan poverty and nation and a statement about youth, dreams, and education. Gorgeously told, styled, and filmed, this movie is very much worth a view or two.

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