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By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Excellent Mexican fantasy with some disturbing violence.

Movie NR 2003 110 minutes
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ZURDO is a wonderful movie that skillfully evokes the best elements of Latin American folklore and literature. And yet, for all its stylized filmmaking and action sequences, Zurdo is about a tween boy trying to do the right thing in an adult world that doesn't always have the best intentions. Also, this movie manages to make marble-playing seem interesting -- no easy feat in an era of gaming culture, IMAX 3-D, and, well, digital everything.

The violence, including a near-rape scene and some bloodshed in the movie's climactic scene, makes this film best for teens and older. This unforgettable movie also can inspire discussion about Latin American storytelling traditions and how they play into this story.

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