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March 29, 2006

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Its understandable that all movie critics and reviewers would see "Maximo" in terms of gay v. straight personality and lifestyle. However, an extremely grave dimension of this film is being overlooked, and should be considered: The age-old battle between children and adults on how the universe is meant to function. Far more important that whether Maxi loves men or women is the fact that this androgynous 12-year-old embodies the congenital faith and love of life that typifies all children at birth.The film also shows how soon after a boy's voice changes (one brother is an older teen) he morphs into an adult with all the concoctions of good and evil that lead to hate and murder. Every antisocial impulse of his beloved family is provoked by an adult interpretation of things, and a miserable set of priorities: e.g. revenge and honor being more important than life itself. His oldest brother's question "Why can't you just let Victor die?" says it all. Maxi doesn't explain, he just jumps up and runs toward the danger, exclaiming with 100% masculine aggression "I WONT LET IT HAPPEN!"

Maxi refuses to let his father murder Victor because Victor is good, and Maxi, a primal human being, still worships goodness--- a real Lamb of God.

As a male in early puberty, Maxi loves everybody and cannot understand why everybody can't love each other. Truth is, they can, but won't, because that's how adults think. Grown-ups are by definition trouble makers. If they saw things Maxi's way, the whole world would be at peace.

This message is smack dab in the core of this movie, but no critic sees it. They're all too--- grown up.

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