A childhood stolen from kids by society cannot be replaced by making guns, competitive sports, petty moneymaking or dream of becoming rich, billionaires available to them

The friendship between Pixote – the homeless boy-pauper (Fernando Ramos da Silva) and a lonely prostitute (Marilia Pera) – a woman with a kind heart who tries to console him) led to a curious misunderstanding. He wants to become an adult like all kids do especially the ones without a childhood. Pixote is rushing to become a man who is capable of handling his life and destiny.

Pixote’s friend (Marilia Pera) tries hard to provide him a bit of nurturing, pleasure that she thinks he desperately needs and expects from her, but he cannot become an adult without having a childhood. He is doomed to be not only without childhood but without an adulthood as well. He is doomed to be without life. Street life of gangs, petty criminality and drugs are the only things available to him.

In agreement with the primal law of nature and life Pixote really needs a childhood – he needs a mother and a father with their smiles and tenderness, with their care and attention and even toys, not the cold and hunger, abandonment and solitude he was so early in life exposed to. Adults should very gradually and very gently open adulthood for children. And this fact contradicts the logic of modern ways of life in most societies whose task is not so much to care but to push the next generations to achieve, learn how to fight for their survival and in some cases to become successful criminals or even technical specialists, clerks and good moneymakers and fierce competitors for social mobility – the things that are considered as great happiness.

The primordial need for the reality and symbolism of a mother’ breast, for emotional nurturing becomes even stronger when a despotic society makes extreme demands, with ultimatums, menaces and expectations from its youth, when even the luckiest ones among the growing children dream of the most financially rewarding professions for their future because they don’t know and never learned what internal and not just external freedom is.

Hector Babenco – 1946–2016 (Argentinian/Brazilian film director, creator of many films including “Pixote”)

Hector Babenco (on the left, standing right over Fernando Ramos da Silva playing the role of Pixote)

Child-actors resting and joking on the set of “Pixote”

*”Pixote (Small Child: The Law of the Weakest”) is a Brazilian drama directed by Hector Babenco