Venezuela’s submission to the 2011 Academy Awards chronicles the lives of two boys whose talent on the soccer field may be their only chance to escape their lives of poverty in Caracas. Raised as brothers, Julio and Daniel/”Gato” have been virtually inseparable ever since the newborn Daniel was found abandoned in a trash heap in their La Ceniza slum. The opportunity of their lives arrives when a football scout invites them to try out for the city's top professional team, just as a tragic act of violence threatens to tear them apart. 97 minutes. Spanish with English subtitles.
“The sports-as-savior theme is an old one, but this confident movie, alternately volatile and tender, coats its clichés in winningly natural performances and Enrique Aular's kinetic photography.” – Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times