Clandestine Childhood (2011)

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Juan lives in clandestinity. Just like his mum, his dad and his adored uncle Beto, outside his home he has another name. At school, Juan is known as Ernesto. And he meets María, who only ... See full summary »




  • Teo Gutiérrez Moreno and Violeta Palukas in Clandestine Childhood (2011)
  • Sebastián Puenzo and Teo Gutiérrez Moreno in Clandestine Childhood (2011)
  • Benjamín Ávila in Clandestine Childhood (2011)
  • Ernesto Alterio and Teo Gutiérrez Moreno in Clandestine Childhood (2011)
  • Natalia Oreiro, Sebastián Puenzo, and Teo Gutiérrez Moreno in Clandestine Childhood (2011)
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29 November 2013 | SnoopyStyle
| Need more intensity
It's 1979, Argentina. 12 year old Juan and his family returns after their exile in Cuba. They are guerrillas hunted by the military junta. Juan hides his true identity to everyone including his friends at school where they know him as Ernesto.

It's an Argentinian film with the potential of compelling characters. For a film of paranoia, we need to feel it much more. The filmmaking style is slow paced. It needs a lot more energy, and I'm not advocating some big action scene. There's got to be more intensity in this story.

The kids do good work. I like their characters. Their scenes have the intensity I'm talking about. I actually think the adults don't contribute as much. This feels like a lesser 'Running on Empty'. I do like the animation to break up some of the violence. It works well as from a child's point of view. Overall it tells an interesting story.

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Release Date:

20 September 2012


Spanish, Portuguese

Country of Origin

Argentina, Spain, Brazil

Filming Locations

Burzaco, Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina

Box Office


$1,009,653 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$8,137 20 January 2013

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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