Small Voices (2003)
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Dreams are what Melinda brought with her the day she left for the flung provincial town of Malawig. The young teacher arrives to find a land of coconut and rice fields, and a people barren of hope. Poverty has made the townsfolk passive, resigned to a bitter fate, while others fight in the mountains, staking their lives for some kind of change. "Only the rich can afford to dream. We can't." The words of a child urge Melinda to strive to make the town listen - poverty does not make victims of
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Small Voices works, even though its lesson has been pounded into you a hundred times before.
Despite its inherent predictability, the film nonetheless succeeds in its modest aims, thanks in large part to the director's fresh approach to his timeworn themes and to de Rossi's engaging performance as the committed teacher.
Like the white shirts worn by its students, this film is crisp. It's also more than a little humbling.
Small Voices is a trip to another culture that is enjoyable, even inspiring, in spite of its faults.
Educators everywhere should be grateful for such an effective and affecting demonstration of the power of formal schooling to combat poverty and change lives.
It wants to have its cake and eat it, too, wishing to be inspirational and satirical in the same breath but managing mostly to be derivative and mawkish.
The setting is unfamiliar, but the story is all too commonplace...a well-meaning but feeble little tale.
If only they tried a little more to make it less trying...a spoonful of sugar may help the medicine go down, but a 5-gallon sack just makes you sick.
Strives to tell a unique story, but ends up only with the same hokey, follow-your-dreams platitudes peddled by mainstream American cinema.
Gil M. Portes's simple, sincere film teaches us that big dreams -- and the desire to follow them -- often come in small packages.
Small Voices presents a simple message about the power of dreams, and only a confirmed curmudgeon could take issue with that.
Differentiated from countless similar tales only by the Filipino setting.
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