A Childhood Stolen from the kids by Society is not replaceable by the availability of guns, by competitive sports, by petti moneymaking or dream of becoming billionaires

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) came to a curious misunderstanding. He wants to become an adult like all kids do, especially the ones without a childhood. Pixote rushes to become a man capable of handling life and destiny.

Pixote’s adult friend (Marilia Pera) tries hard to give Pixote a bit of pleasure that she thinks he expects from her, but he cannot become an adult without having any childhood. He is doomed to be not only without childhood, but without adulthood too. He is doomed to be without life. Petti criminality and drugs the only things available to him.

In agreement with the archaic law of life Pixote really needs a childhood – he needs a mother and a father with their smiles and tenderness, with attention and toys, not the cold and hunger, and solitude he was exposed to from his early hours of being. Adults should open adulthood to the child very gradually, very gently. And this fact contradicts the logic of many modern societies whose task is not so much to care but to force the next generation to learn how to fight for survival and food and in rare cases to become successful criminals or even technological clerks and money-makers and fierce competitors for social success – conditions of life 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 of severe demands, ultimatums and menaces applies to the youth its expectations, when even the luckiest among the growing children start to dream about the most financially rewarding professions in their future because they don’t know even internal, not only external freedom.

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