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Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten

Werner Herzog, Denis Reichle West Germany, 1984

Thom Slattery's rating of the film Ballad of the Little Soldier

A sad look at the creation of child soldiers. And while I appreciate the need to emphasize the horrors brought upon them by the Sandinistas, I feel Herzog waited too long to show the universality of the issue. Only at the very end does Denis Reichle's commentary point out how it's no different from his own experiences. And, unfortunately, I think that point gets lost in such a short work.