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Postales (2010)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, Family | 11 April 2011 (USA)
"Postales" (Postcards) is a multicultural story of innocence and understanding despite the barriers of language, poverty, cultural confusion and a rapidly globalizing world. In the streets ... See full summary »

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Guimel Soria Martinez ...
Pablo
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Mary
Alan Cuba ...
Jano
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Elizabeth
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Paul
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Belinda
Humberto Chaparro ...
Umberto
Esidora Estrada Bolanos ...
Flora
Froilin Huallpa ...
Carlito
William Huanca Pimac ...
Alfredo
Raul Chaparro ...
Don Arturo
William Huaman ...
Alfredo
Nino Mirones ...
Don Rafael
Paco Grande ...
Don Pepe
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"Postales" (Postcards) is a multicultural story of innocence and understanding despite the barriers of language, poverty, cultural confusion and a rapidly globalizing world. In the streets of Cusco, Peru, the lives of an American businessman and his family become irreversibly intertwined with those of a rural Peruvian family struggling day to day to survive. As the construction of a new hotel is finalized, both families are faced with the realities of our shifting world and the unexpected encounters that will change them forever. Written by Anonymous

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Two penniless street boys meet two sheltered American girls. What could possibly go wrong...?


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Chicle Y Postales  »

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Postales premiered at the 2010 Edinburgh International Film Festival. See more »

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Version of Chicle (2005) See more »

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A refreshing, world-wise new voice in American independent cinema
21 April 2011 | by See all my reviews

A bourgeois American family, on vacation in Peru while the father scouts a site for a new hotel venture he's developing, finds their fate profoundly linked to the lives of a poor Peruvian family who live on the property being eyed for demolition. The name Postales of course translates to "postcards", as in the sale of postcards that is the vocation of 12-year-old protagonist Pablo on the streets of Cuzco, desperately trying to help support his parents. The title also informs the sharp, picturesque visual style of the film, which is laden with gorgeously composed frames featuring the mountainous vistas and ethnographic totems unique to the city.

Postales debuted at the prestigious Edinburgh International Film Festival in Scotland last fall, and I caught it in its US Premiere at the RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina last week. Particularly enthralling is the relationship that builds between Pablo and Mary, an unworldly American pre-teen, against the shrouded Andean backdrop of Cuzco. When older brother Jano implicates the reluctant Pablo into a thievery scheme, the two families are set on a cultural collision course that will forever alter their perceptions and provides for lasting memories that no picture postcard or snapshot could begin to recreate. Featuring English, Spanish, and the pre-Incan indigenous language of Quechua, Postales may be a multi-lingual affair, but its characters ultimately grow to understand the same tongue—the uniting language of cultural perspective and compassion.


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