Julio Y Su Angel (1998)
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Actor Jorge Cervera made his directorial debut with this Mexican drama, which might be described as Oliver Twist meets Whistle Down the Wind (1962). Casting professional adult actors with non-pro kids, Cervera filmed in Veracruz where the dying mother of eight-year-old Julio (Eduardo Saul Martinez) promises she will locate an angel to protect him. Instead, Julio is relegated to a harsh life at a slave-labor institution where young child workers get decent food and showers once a month -- when government inspectors arrive. To find his "angel," Julio escapes, but Se˝ora Zapata (Carmen del Valle), worried that Julio will inform officials of her illegal operations, sends henchman Pablo (Guillermo Victor Carpinteiro) after the boy. After joining a group of homeless street kids, Julio believes he has found his angel when he's befriended by Angel Lopez (Cervera). The two scavenge the town dump and help a priest build an orphanage, while Pablo continues to track Julio. Shown at the 1998 Mill Valley Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi … More
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