Comédia Infantil

Film
Children age quickly in Mozambique. At ten, Nelio has already seen his village torched in the civil war and his baby brother mashed under a rifle butt. Parted from his family to fend for himself in the city, he is not alone in his plight, but few of his raggle-taggle chums share his own magic powers, judiciously applied in aid of sick children. Making the most of whatever modest gifts you possess would seem to be the positive message this Swedish-Portuguese-Mozambican co-production wrests from a scenario of potential hopelessness. There is a slight air of wishful thinking, but the director has coaxed unaffected performances from her cast of street children. Piecing the melodramatic plot together from a string of coincidences is where the effort comes in, but the film's fundamentally decency wins us over.

By: TJ

Release details

Duration: 92 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Solveig Nordlund
Screenwriter: Tommy Karlmark
Cast: Ségio Titos
Joao Manja
Adelino Branquinho
Lilia Momplé
Joaquina Odete
Jaime Julio
Avelino Manhica
Francisco Chilengue
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