Voces inocentes (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 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.
R (for disturbing violence and some language)
Art House & International , Drama
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Xuna Primus
as Cristina Maria
Ofelia Medina
as Mama Toya
Alejandro Felipe
as Ricardito
Paulina Gaitan
as Angelica
Alan Andreé
as Antonio
Gustavo Sanchez Parra
as Lieutenant Ruíz
Guillermo Ríos
as Soldier D
Lourdes Villareal
as Mrs. Celia
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
as Soldier F
Pablo Caves
as American Soldier 1
Jesús Ochoa
as Bus Driver
Antonio García
as Sergeant
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Critic Reviews for Voces inocentes

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Full Review… | October 31, 2007
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Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | October 28, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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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
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Full Review… | October 14, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Voces inocentes


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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