Voces inocentes (2005)

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Critic Consensus: Innocent Voices is a passionately told dramatization of an ugly issue of war -- its impact on children.

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The bloody civil war which tore apart El Salvador in the 1980s is seen through the eyes of a young boy in this drama from director Luis Mandoki. Chava (Carlos Padilla) is 11 years old and growing up in a small town in El Salvador where the fighting between rebels and government troops is a daily fact of life. Chava's father has abandoned the family, leaving him behind as the man of the house while his mother (Leonor Varela) and sister try to maintain a normal life by day while dodging bullets by night. Chava's 12th birthday is coming up, which puts the boy in a dangerous position -- at 12, he'll be old enough to join the army and be used as cannon fodder against the rebels, so he and his classmates try to find out when military recruiters will be coming to their schools so they can plan to be absent that day. However, as Chava faces both danger and adventure in his little town, the war edges in closer all the time until it can't be avoided any longer. Voces Inocentes (aka Innocent Voices) was the first Spanish-language film in 18 years for director Mandoki, who came to the United States after the international success of 1987's Gaby: A True Story.
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R (for disturbing violence and some language)
Genre:
Art House & International , Drama
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Cast

Xuna Primus
as Cristina Maria
Jesús Ochoa
as Bus Driver
Paulina Gaitan
as Angelica
Ofelia Medina
as Mama Toya
Guillermo Ríos
as Soldier D
Gustavo Sanchez Parra
as Lieutenant Ruíz
Alejandro Felipe
as Ricardito
Victor
as Soldier F
Lourdes Villareal
as Mrs. Celia
Antonio García
as Sergeant
Alan Andreé
as Antonio
Ania Yarasech
as Teacher Carmen
Luisa Garza
as Teacher's Daughter
Alberto Lara
as School Principal
Lucila Castrejón
as Woman in Market 1
Jennifer Cuevas
as Co-Worker
Juan Carlos Luna
as American Soldier 2
Félix Johannes
as American Soldier 3
Isabel Galván
as Woman in Market 2
León Rafael
as Press Photographer
Penny Redman
as Press Photographer
María Antonia Ruíz
as Flyer Woman
Nayeli Tiapa
as Spanking Girl
Claudia Suárez
as Spanking Girl
Rafael Moya
as Major C
Analí Bravo
as Girl Aged 15
Karla M Gonzlez
as Girl Aged 15
Esther Galván
as Chicken Lady
Amelia Contreras
as Screaming Mom
Enrique Suárez
as Soldier in Pick-Up
Javier Mercado
as Soldier in Jeep
Ernesto Mejía
as Soldier in Jeep
Enrique Carrillo
as Bus Passenger
Javier Pedraza
as Soldier E
Pablo Caves
as American Soldier 1
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Critic Reviews for Voces inocentes

All Critics (48) | Top Critics (18)

Effective without being overwhelming.

Full Review… | October 21, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

In the best parts of Innocent Voices, we experience both war's tragedy and its sometimes weird exhilaration -- with innocent clarity.

October 20, 2005
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

Mandoki, who with this film returns to the Spanish-speaking cinema after a string of Hollywood films, has brought a sure sense of the visual and taut construction to Innocent Voices.

Full Review… | October 14, 2005
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

The many riveting moments will stay with you for days, and Padilla is well up to the task of carrying this intense story on his tiny shoulders.

Full Review… | October 14, 2005
New York Daily News
Top Critic

It's a harrowing tale, but one that gets phonied up with unnecessary slo-mos, manipulative soundtrack cues, and unrestrained thespianism.

October 14, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

This isn't only slightly simplistic politics, it's bad drama.

October 14, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
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Audience Reviews for Voces inocentes

½

I am surprised that having witnessed a true story about a boy losing his innocence during the civil war in El Salvador with grueling pictures of the atrocities of war and the things a 11 year old goes through, I did not quite feel overwhelmed.

Nicolas Korovessis
Nicolas Korovessis

Super Reviewer

This is a very moving story based around kids in this war torn country, and what they have to go through to stay alive. This is a very well done film.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Gripping anti-war offering from director Luis Mandoki. Innocent Voices shows us the civil war in El Salvador through the eyes of a child. Mandoki presents a harsh but accurate indictment of the war and of the U.S. involvement in it.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

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