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CHILDREN UNDERGROUND

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Children Underground

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
director:
Edet Belzberg
genre:
Documentary

We gave it a B+

It’s difficult to recommend a film about troubled children — here, hardcore Romanian street kids — that lacks even a glimmer of hope. However, grim as the Oscar-nominated Underground can be, with its shots of zoned-out preteen paint huffers, heartless brutality, and frustratingly helpless social workers, the doc’s very unsentimentality is its greatest strength. A happy ending would let the viewer off the hook; as it stands, the filmall but demands action.