Voces inocentes, (Innocent Voices) (2005)



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 … More

Rating: R (for disturbing violence and some language)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Oscar Tower, Luis Mandoki, Oscar Orlando Torres
In Theaters:
On DVD: Oct 9, 2007
Box Office: $0.2M
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Critic Reviews for Voces inocentes, (Innocent Voices)

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (23)

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.

Full Review… | 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
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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
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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
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This isn't only slightly simplistic politics, it's bad drama.

Full Review… | October 14, 2005
Newark Star-Ledger
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Audience Reviews for Voces inocentes, (Innocent Voices)

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.

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

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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