Argentina 1979. After years of exile, 12-year-old Juan and his family return to Argentina under fake identities. Juan’s parents and his uncle Beto are members of the Montoneros Organization, which is fighting against the Military Junta that rules the country. Because of their political activities, they are being tracked down relentlessly. His friends at school and the girl he loves, Maria, know him as Ernesto, a name he must not forget with his family’s survival being at stake. This is a story about militancy, undercover life and love. –TIFF
Wistful yet very beautiful. Compelling and interesting. Animations to die for by uncredited Andy Riva. A political film, or just a coming of age thing. Both, of course. With a splish splash of love story. Few might realize Che presence, even fewer Perón. Evidently not a hardcore political pic on paramilitary and history of Argentina, but rather what becomes of children of those, who gives their life for the cause.
Wonderfully warm it's shot almost entirely in close-up with a few sections of hand-drawn animation. The film deals with a young boy's search for identity within a family of Guerilla/activists fighting against the military in Argentina's Dirty War during the 1970's. The performances are all exceptional and there are some beautiful moments between boy and uncle and boy and his first love. recommended. 4 stars
The film of Benjamin Avila represents a big part of kids in the dark years of the terrible Argentina's Dictatorship. Like argentine that i am, I'm very proud of the masterful piece of Avila. The story of Juan, son of members of Montoneros, represents the life of a Generation: the conflicts of the family, the politic ideas in he kid's life and the first love.