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Little Sky (2004)

El cielito (original title)
An itinerant worker, engaged by a farm couple, finds interest in their little child, giving it loving protection when the parents split up.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonardo Ramírez Leonardo Ramírez ... Félix
Darío Levy Darío Levy ... Roberto
Mónica Lairana Mónica Lairana ... Mercedes
Rodrigo Silva Rodrigo Silva ... Bebe / Chango
Damian Piedrabuena Damian Piedrabuena ... Cadillac (as Damián Piedrabuena)
Zulma Arias Zulma Arias ... Nati
Maria Lidia Lopez Maria Lidia Lopez ... Abuela
Fernando Menis Fernando Menis ... Quiosquero
Héctor Menis Héctor Menis ... Hombre que dispara
Ana Schmid Ana Schmid ... Mujer que da la hora
Christian Arrieta Christian Arrieta ... Asaitante
Luis Jorge Iucht Luis Jorge Iucht ... Hombre que muere
Julio Arrieta Julio Arrieta ... Dueño de pensión
Esther Gispert Esther Gispert ... Vendedora 1
Esteban Menis Esteban Menis ... Guarda de tren


An itinerant worker, engaged by a farm couple, finds interest in their little child, giving it loving protection when the parents split up.

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Argentina | France



Release Date:

21 October 2004 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Die kleine Hoffnung See more »

Filming Locations:

Argentina See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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El poder visual / Visual power
2 June 2008 | by Edi_DrumsSee all my reviews

The ongoing menace of political and economic turbulence in Argentina, although it of course affects daily life for every Argentinian citizen, does not play a noticeable role in this film, which focuses upon the loneliness of the main characters and the seclusion of the setting.

The isolated, dust-blown house is where much of the action takes place. It is made to look archetypal: such a tragic humanistic scenario as we see unfold could believably happen in any part of the world. (The only mention of a place-name is when Felix mutters his hometown, Paranà.)

Powerful visual elements are contrasted with careful use of sound, to superb effect. For example, scant dialogue forces the viewer to observe the characters' behaviour especially attentively: the less the characters say, the more closely we are forced to read into body language, gestures, and facial expressions. This aspect of El Cielito is reminiscent of Iranian and Afghan cinema. I also think that the film could be very well adapted to the stage.

Yet more incisive use of sight and sound comes in the evocative still shots of buildings and landscapes (both from afar and close up), complemented by minimal use of music and sound effects. It gives the film a pared-down, uncluttered feel, this further strengthened by the humanistic linear plot - and its woeful, sobering end.

Boredom will no doubt be inspired in some viewers; hopefully awe and emotion in others.

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