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Chronicle of a Boy Alone

Country: Argentina, Language: Spanish, 79 mins

Original Title

Crónica de un Niño Solo
  • Director: Leonardo Favio
  • Writer: Leonardo Favio; Jorge Zuhair Jury
  • Producer: Walter Achugar; Luis DeStefano

CGiii Comment

If anything - you just want the director to get a move on - the constant lingering shots are numerous and worthless - this story could have been told in half the time.

As a chronicle of Argentinian film-making of the time - it is without doubt important.

A harsh journey...bold and flawed.


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The(ir) Blurb...

CHRONICLE OF A BOY ALONE, is an indictment of a fascist regime running roughshod over its most vulnerable citizens, its children. Focusing on the bleak life of eleven-year-old bad boy Polin, who's been abandoned by his family and sent to live in a state-run orphanage, it's also a moving portrait of the human spirit imprisoned by the chains of well-intentioned fools. Inside the harsh confines of the supposedly beneficial institution, Polin and his fellow inmates must deal with constant physical and psychological abuse by the staff, as well as the natural emotional tensions brought on by their own burgeoning adolescence. But through it all, they manage to keep their hopes alive with optimistic talk of freedom and bold plans of escape. One day, when the opportunity finally arises, and Polin learns that freedom, too, has its price.

Cast & Characters

Diego Puente as Polin;
Tino Pascali as Oficial of Justice;
Cacho Espindola as Phisical Training;
Victoriano Moreira as Fiori;
Beto Gianola as Police;
Leonardo Favio as Fabian;
Maria Vaner as The Girl;
Elcira Olivera Garces;
Maria Luisa Robledo;
Hugo Arana;
Carlos Lucero;
Mario Pena;
Juan Valunes;
Amadeo Saenz Valiente;
Juan Castro as Child #1