As someone who followed the Civil war in El Salvador,knowing this is a true story,made this film even more powerful.From the beginning,it grabs the audience into the daily struggle,and the atrocities endured by this village.
There is also one of the most moving Mother and Son connections ever filmed.And,towards the end,one of the most heart wrenching scenes.
Loving this film is a patriotic sentiment for me. I was mildly disappointed at the lack of original cast members, but just as fascinated with a tale of love, despair, and hope in wounds that are still fresh to many, including myself.
El Salvador has one of the most brave history of resistance through out the whole process of invasion, colonization and, later on, dictatorships inflicted against the south hemisphere regions. Torre’s childhood reflects what was going on in his country back in the 80’s, when the American dream had to prevail over any sort of foreigner’s political freedom. Touching narrative about the military use of children.
A very emotional movie with great performances that tells the true story of Oscar Torres as child when he has to choose between joining the Salvadoran Army or the guerrillas. A mother's fight to keep her kids together. A Must watch
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.