Before I saw the movie "A Dios Momo", I heard that it was a wonderful movie and had a good chance to get the first place at the children film festival. "This movie will win", I heard from a woman. "Very good", I heard from another. "The best children's movie in the Berlinale this year", said a third.
In my opinion this movie is exactly the opposite, the worst film which I saw in the Berlinale this year. It is really, really boring. In this movie, similar parts are shown at least six times. Nearly nothing new happens.
I don't have the slightest idea why this film was shown at the children's film festival. Almost everyone in my class thought that this film is very bad. There is no action, no interesting conversations, no funny or very sad parts - nothing that makes a film a good children's movie.
Apart from that what the director wanted to say didn't really come out. The movie is about a boy, who sells newspapers every day but can't read or write. His grandmother and some other people want him to go to school. He starts taking lessons on how to read and to write with a man. The boy also starts helping a Murga (in Uruguay this is a group of people who sing and dance during the carnival time), to invent new texts for their songs. When carnival is over, the boy sees that the Murga, an appearance of a dead friend, and the man who taught him to read and write drive away.
I liked only this scene, because it was beautiful and mysterious. But until this scene was shown, I had to wait two long hours. During these two hours the boy was mainly selling newspapers, learning to read and write and talking to his Granny (this conversations were basically the words "Good night my son", "God bless you", "Dinner is on the table" and "Good night grandmother"), how the Murga sings and dances, how the boy stands up and goes to work. These parts were shown six or ten times. Apart from that almost nothing happened. The only good things were the music and the fact that most of the scenes were shot in evening and night and the seats were so soft that my friends and I nearly fell asleep.
At the end of the movie the boy goes away from home. His granny finds a school uniform. If he went to school, if he went away from the town, if the school uniform is for him or for his sister is not told. One can see this movie at any age because one doesn't understand anything anyway.
Children don't seem to like this movie, but grown-ups do. I would only recommend it for grown-ups.