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also known as El Premio

The Prize2011

  • 3.8
Under the cloud of a military dictatorship, a young mother and her daughter flee Buenos Aires for the seclusion of a ramshackle cottage along the windy dunes of an Argentine beach. As her mother listens for news from the radio with sad stoicism, restlessly curious seven-year-old Cecilia joins a nearby school overseen by a kindly teacher. A childhood idyll, however, soon becomes contaminated by the general political crisis, as the teacher recruits the class for a patriotic essay contest sponsored by the army, the very people that may have already disappeared Cecilia’s father, in this superbly acted and engrossingly atmospheric drama about innocence in illicit times.

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I found this well paced story haunting, sensitive, and tragic. This is one of those films that will stay with you. In a combination of understatement, silence, and silent suffering, the horror of political suppression, the human psyche is destroyed. The visuals are masterly composed and elegantly simple.

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I found this well paced story haunting, sensitive, and tragic. This is one of those films that will stay with you. In a combination of understatement, silence, and silent suffering, the horror of political suppression, the human psyche is destroyed. The visuals are masterly composed and elegantly simple.

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Slow and it seems rather aimless most of the time.

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Really Great!

watch it.

Very moving.