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Clandestine Childhood

Not Yet Rated In Theaters 01/11/2013 , 110min.
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Village Voice
A charming, involving first feature, Clandestine Childhood muscles its familiar coming-of-age material into something more vibrant and urgent than the usual. Full Review
David Fear
Time Out New York
If such outré flourishes don't fully lift the story past the limitations of innocence-lost storytelling, they do suggest Ávila is an artist worth keeping an eye on. Full Review
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
Benjamín Ávila structures the film as a series of precious moments, remembrances of a difficult year when the politics of patria and family got in the way of his puppy love. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Avila has a tough task, visualizing violent and complicated events through a child's eyes. The calmer scenes are staged in staid and somewhat clunky fashion, but the graphic animation depicting the worst moments is starkly effective. Full Review
Manohla Dargis
The New York Times
When a filmmaker proves as reluctant as Mr. Ávila to speak up about the past, to engage with its full complexity, it can be hard to hear what he's saying. Full Review

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