Editor’s Notes: The following review is part of our coverage of the Venice Film Festival.
She has courage and determination beyond her age, borne of her difficult circumstances.
But, regardless of the hard outer layer she has developed, she is still merely a little girl, one who needs attention, love, and caring.
In a heartwarming tale of friendship, Blanka finds her home—the love and attention of an elder—in the spirit of a blind musician who shares the streets and shares his heart with the young girl.
Watching other children play, it becomes clear that Blanka desires a ‘normal’ life wherein she is cared for by a mother.
After watching a news report about a woman adopting children, she gets the idea that she can adopt a mother.
In the same way that adults pay for children, she wishes to pay for a mother. It is a terrible cycle they are stuck in, which ultimately leads many into criminal activity.
This here raises a number of questions regarding the values of street kids. After meeting Peter, she begins to beg for money with him.
Like Blanka, their lives are ruled by the need to get money; it is all they know. As a team, they are able to get much more than otherwise.
Get money and buy things with it to make their lives more comfortable. Who wouldn’t help out a young girl and her blind father?
After he teaches her how to sing, she lands them a job in a club where they will be paid 1300 pesos (she requires 30, 000 pesos to buy a mother, an amount typical of adoption).
All the while, she continues to steal when she can, and finds herself being manipulated by those around her.