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El niño de barro (2007)

Police try to hunt down a serial killer in 1912 Buenos Aires.


Jorge Algora
10 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »


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Credited cast:
Maribel Verdú ... Estela
Daniel Freire ... Comisario Petrie
Chete Lera ... Doctor Soria
Abel Ayala Abel Ayala ... Cayetano
Roly Serrano Roly Serrano ... Blas (as Rolly Serrano)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eugenia Aguilar Eugenia Aguilar ... Luana Lupoff
Oscar Alegre ... Valentín
Gabriel Atum Gabriel Atum ... Músico 2
Emilio Bardi Emilio Bardi ... Fiore Godino
Rodrigo Barrena Rodrigo Barrena ... Policía Civil
Carla Benítez Carla Benítez ... Doble de Laura Lupoff
Daniel Benítez Daniel Benítez ... Doble de Arturo Larrondo
Arturo Berrnet Arturo Berrnet ... Niño calesita
Kelena Bojko Kelena Bojko ... Nena que entierran
César Bordón César Bordón ... Octavio


Police try to hunt down a serial killer in 1912 Buenos Aires.

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Argentina | Spain


Spanish | Gallegan | Catalan

Release Date:

18 May 2007 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mudboy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Godino is shown killing only one boy. This is due to the fact that this was the only crime the police had evidence of his guilt, although he confessed having murdered other children. See more »

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Murder mystery co-produced by Spain/Argentina with good actors and nice production design
25 July 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Argentina , Spain Production inspired by actual deeds , dealing with a series of cruel kiddies killings spreading throughout 1912 Buenos Aires . It stars a 10-year-old little boy called Mateo who has murder visions , as his mind takes him eerie records and becomes the main witness to the grisly killings ; he is well cared by his mummy Stella : Maribel Verdu .Meanwhile , his mother tries to demonstrate his innocence , and the Police Inspector , Commissario Petrie : Daniel Freire and the skeptic forensic Doctor Soria : Chete Lera attempt to hunt down the series killer who is executing a criminal spree and hopefully find out clear explanations about the supernatural conduct of the weird little boy .

Acceptable suspense movie with an interesting script based on actual events and about "Murder Visions" , a common issue treated on Hollywood pictures . At the end takes place a surprising and violent climax in which Mateo's secret is unrevealed , then the people go bersek and the total chaos taking over the streets with unexpected and tragic consequences . It stars Maribel Verdu who gives a good acting as the suffering mother who attempts to defend his son Mateo , Juan Ciancio , as the boy who hides a dark secret and turns as a witness for prosecution, as well as the prime suspect . And awesome performance by Daniel Freire as persistent investigator and Chete Lera as stubborn doctor .

Well produced by Carlos Fernandez and Julio Fernandez from Filmax and Castelao Films . They have financed a lot of successes of all kinds of genres , such as Terror : Rec saga , Mientras duermes , Retornados , La posesion Emma Evans , Paintball , El monstruo del pozo , Quarantine , Los sin nombre ; Cartoon and kiddies films : Copito de Nieve , El Cid , Donkey Xote , Manolito Gafotas , Mola ser Jefe , Perez ratoncito de sueños , Los Dalton contra Lucky Luke and Dramas/Thrillers as Cobardes , Transsiberian , Machinist , Transssiberian , Bullying , 13 Campanadas , Muertos comunes , Morir en San Hilario, Tierra de Fuego , Sexo por compasion, Fotos , Heroes sin patria , among others . The motion picture was well directed by Jorge Algora , a good filmmaker who has made a few films .As he directed Inevitable 2013 , Mintiendo la vida , and and some documentary as Camino de Santiago , Emigrantes and Tierra de naufragios. This "Mudboy" won several prizes , such as : Silver Condor : best costume design , Best art direction; Goya nominated best original song ; Mestre Mateo winner : Best actor Chete Lera , best music , and best screenplay.

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