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Innocent Voices

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Source: Catholic News Service

Gripping true-life story of an 11-year-old boy -- who together with his mother and siblings -- is caught up in the horrors of the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s, including a subplot involving a brave priest who tries to stand up to the brutal government troops. Luis Mandoki's film -- actually shot in Mexico -- is intensely moving, though there are lighter and even humorous moments to leaven the tragedy. The performances, especially that of Carlos Padilla as the young boy, are beautifully natural, and the overall message of the effects of war on youngsters -- with its present-day resonance -- is palpable. In Spanish, subtitles. Some rough and crude language and expressions, wartime violence and bloody bodies make this best for older adolescents and adults. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is A-III -- adults. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.



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