A heartfelt moral tale set in 1950s Barcelona, an affirmation that a fairer world is both necessary and possible
Senza sorriso is a heartfelt moral tale set amidst the poverty of 1950s Barcelona. At its heart, the film displays a genuine desire for social change in its depiction of a world of alcoholism and violence that negatively affects children. The young main character is left to fend for himself, and appears condemned to a life without hope. Without ever renouncing the lightness with which it approaches the story, Senza sorriso affirms with conviction that this chain of negativity, which appears to be as evitable as a law of nature, can be broken: what is required is the right institutions and the right adults to help create a better world.
Barcelona. Little Piquin, whose mother is dead, whose father is an alcoholic, and who has a wicked aunt, appears destined to suffer a childhood without a ray of hope. Even what little money he manages to earn working as a newspaper seller is taken from him. But the new school year brings with it a new teacher, Mr Ponte, who starts to treat him differently and opens up unexpected possibilities.