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October 12, 2014
I loved this film. It gives a very good picture of what Argentina was like during the dictatorship. Natalia Oreiro does a very good job.
April 4, 2014
It is fairly accomplished for a first feature, and it depicts the epoch very well. However, for such a tragic history, it is lacking heart. The best sequences are the ones where graphic animation is used. This is ironic as this story shouldn't need any enhancement to deeply touch the viewer.
½ March 1, 2014
Not really engaging.
½ February 25, 2014
Superb acting is what really drives this film to success. There are two great plot lines in this film, but it seems as if they are too intertwined to get any point across. There's also an annoying amount of green lighting and filters in this film.
½ October 4, 2013
A coming of age story set against the military coup in Argentina in 79. It doesn't goes too deep into the politics as it is more about the kid and how goes through going to school, making friends, a girl, etc, while his parents plot against the authorities and put their lives in danger. It's good.
June 24, 2013
One of the best movies of the New Argentine Cinema. This movie talks in an excellent way of the hard years of the Latin Amà (C)rica Story. Natalia Oreiro and Ernesto Alterio are great in their perfomances.
June 20, 2013
A deep, dark and touching story told subtly, creatively and simply... with touches of light... through the eyes of a child.
June 10, 2013
Infancia clandestina es una película seria, tierna y conmovedora. Basada en hechos reales, el filme se centra en la historia de una pareja de militantes de izquierda que después del exilio deciden regresar (junto con sus hijos) de nuevo a su país con la firme intención de continuar en pie de lucha durante el mal llamado proceso de reorganización nacional. No se trata de otra película más sobre la dictadura militar en la Argentina, se trata de 'la historia oficial' contada desde el punto de vista de una de sus víctimas, Ernesto (Teo Gutierrez Romero) un niño que nos cuenta sus sucesos tal como los ve e imagina: sus amores, sus miedos, sus romances, sus muertes. Con todo, el director Benjamín Ávila nos regala un coctel de imágenes impresionantes apoyándose en buenos movimientos de cámara combinados con unas excelentes graficas animadas que nos sumergen de lleno en la atmosfera del personaje principal. Buenas actuaciones: Natalia 'muñecabrava' Oreiro cumple con su papel, se resalta la del tío Beto (Ernesto Alterio) por ser el personaje catalizador dentro de la historia, y se celebra la interpretación del niño Teo Gutierrez Romero. Buen filme.
½ May 20, 2013
"Infancia Clandestina" Tan regional que sale aburrida, los personajes no convencen y el grave problema de la represión dictatorial no se dimensiona como debe ser. La vida de Juan resulta aburrida y los personajes exagerados, sin fondo, actuando como adolescentes revolucionarios lo cual no creo que fuera así. Triste intento.
½ May 20, 2013
Tan regional que sale aburrida, los personajes no convencen y el grave problema de la represión dictatorial no se dimensiona como debe ser. La vida de Juan resulta aburrida y los personajes exagerados, sin fondo, actuando como adolescentes revolucionarios lo cual no creo que fuera así. Triste intento.
April 27, 2013
Clandestine Childhood is a coming of age story with a difference. As the title suggests, it is growing up under secrecy. The film is set in 70's Argentina where the military junta rules the country and opposition groups are clandestinely active. We follow a 12 year old son of one of these revolutionary couples who is growing up under a cloud of secrecy to protect the identity of his parents. The boy is a normal child who wants to invite his friends home, have a girlfriend and all that but can not do so due to the risk of exposing his parents who are wanted by the military dictatorship.

The politics and the history, though ever present, are kept firmly in the background and the film focuses on the boy's story. The fact that the film is based partly on the director's own childhood, and specially knowing (as he told the audience after a screening) that his mother was one of the "disappeared" during that era, makes the film very poignant. An added bonus is the great music in the film
April 19, 2013
A pesar de sus problemas, esta pelicula demuestra el nivel del cine latinoamericano.
½ March 28, 2013
Good but it felt like something was missing. Don't know what though.
½ September 13, 2012
(Screened at TIFF 2012)

Over the years, more and more stories have been brought to the public eye about the Argentine Dirty War (1976-1983) which had robbed the public of its civil liberties and taken the lives of, between as little as 10,000 and as many as 30,000 people. These stories were told to educate the world of the atrocities which had been committed by the Military Junta. â~Clandestine Childhoodâ(TM) (Infancia Clandestina) acknowledges the grand issue, but it doesnâ(TM)t focus on it. Rather, it focuses on the complete opposite detail.

The story is about a child, Juan, who is Argentine-born but lives in family-imposed exile in Cuba for safety reasons, but is eventually brought back to his homeland after four years. While being Argentinian, his upbringing is more Cuban than it is of his home: his accent, his mannerisms, and his knowledge of his country. He must live in clandestiny for his familyâ(TM)s protection, so he goes by the name Ernesto.

As mentioned before, â~Clandestine Childhoodâ(TM) doesnâ(TM)t dwell on the military policing and the rough edges of Argentina, but rather the vision of what itâ(TM)s like to grow up in a country where you donâ(TM)t see the difference between good and bad. For Juan (Ernesto), itâ(TM)s about meeting new friends, falling in love, being around his family, and maturing. For Juanâ(TM)s parents, the situation is much more grave as they are part of a freedom fighters rebellion that could easily be compromised with one bad move.

The film is shot with high attention to detail, close angles, and very intimate feels. At times, storyboard/graphic novel-esque images detailed graphic scenes, such as gun fights, explosions, and other rough interactions. Director Benjamín �vila, who had based this film around his childhood, claimed that it was ideal to paint a picture of how it was remembered in from memory. Also, instead of just showing any other shootout, he had opted for the illustrated alternative.

As for the story, to be fair, it isnâ(TM)t much to write home about. While it surrounds Juan, his family and some of his friends, it doesnâ(TM)t come off as the most memorable story of the year. Was it meant to reach such an accolade? Probably not. A story is good enough.

Ã?vila said that the film is not about the politics or the police, but about the love and support for life that people have when trying to escape the darkness that surrounds them. Ã?vila didnâ(TM)t grow up in the worst conditions, nor did he feel oppressed by the state. Instead, he lived a childhood like any other kid; he wanted to tell a story about how it felt to push away the negativity, to be surrounded by love as much as he could give it.
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