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Polaquito (2003)





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An Argentine OLIVER TWIST with a sobering dose of grim realism, EL POLAQUITO tells of a street kid who has run away from an abusive home, and now makes his living busking in the subways. Called El Polaquito after a Polish tango singer whom he imitates, the gentle teenager works for Rengo, who oversees a ring of child prostitutes, thieves, and beggars. Rebellious by nature and uncomfortable with Rengo's authority, Polaquito struggles for independence, but his ties are binding: his sister works for Rengo as a prostitute, as does Pelu, the young girl with whom the boy is in love. The resilient Polaquito continues his attempts to break away, and escape with those he loves, but the power of the exploitative, uncaring system might prove too much for one small boy to overcome. The film successfully portrays its characters as three dimensional, nuanced and flawed, irreducible to good and evil; its unrelenting pessimism is cut with a very human authenticity that is highly sympathetic.
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