The Grown-Ups

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Chile | 2016 | 80 minutes | Maite Alberdi

After decades of attending and working in the bakery of a school for those with Down Syndrome, a group of middle-aged students fight for their freedom to live, and love, as they wish, but find themselves ignored by a homogeneous system in this empathetic first-person documentary.

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Quickly establishing herself as one of cinema's foremost documentarians, Chilean writer/director Maite Alberdi follows up her 2014 festival sensation Tea Time with this wholly absorbing, touching, and at times infuriating glimpse into the lives of four middle-aged friends grappling with the reality of living with Down syndrome. In the catering wing of a school for people with developmental disabilities, Andres, a born leader who's absorbed more than a bit of his culture's machismo, dreams of one day living with warm and forthright Anita, the film's narrative and emotional center; Ricardo juggles two jobs yet sees his dream of an independent life forever on the horizon in a country where people with Down can be paid well below minimum wage; and childlike Rita, who flits among joy, pettiness, anger, and glee on a moment-to-moment basis, learns painful lessons on respecting boundaries. Filled with empathy and urgency, The Grown-Ups is an immersive, unforgettable look at four friends navigating love, sex, responsibility, and the realities of being "conscious adults" in a world that still wants to regard them as children.

Director Biography

Maite Alberdi is one of Chile's most acclaimed filmmakers. She directs, writes, and produces, and is best known for her 2014 documentary, La once.

Sponsored by Embassy of Chile in the United States of America, Dirección de Asuntos Culturales (DIRAC) - Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de la República de Chile

  • Original Language Title: Los Niños
  • Director: Maite Alberdi
  • Premiere Status: Seattle
  • Country: Chile, Netherlands
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 80 minutes
  • Producer: Denis Vaslin, Fleur Knopperts
  • Screenplay: Maite Alberdi
  • Editors: Menno Boerema, Juan Eduardo Murillo
  • Music: Miguel Miranda
  • Awards: Miami Film Festival 2017 (Zeno Mountain Award)
  • Filmography: I am not from here (2016); La once (2014); El salvavidas (2011); Las peluqueras (2007)
  • Language: Spanish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Cat&Docs