Elisa enlists the aid of even cuter child Miguel (Imanol Goenaga), whose well-off parents don’t want him hanging around such a strange girl, to help with her cockroach collection, her odd idea of staving off economic ruin. When cocky young Paco (Ruben Rojo Aura), a local hood, enters the picture and the young kids’ lives, the movie’s light tone changes. Paco, who cleverly hangs out in their building in order to poach chickens from the roof, suggests that they use a gun he has to commit a robbery, but Elisa and Miguel endear themselves to the audience by robbing a toy store — not of money, but of skates.
Things get darker quickly. Elisa decides it’s time to rob a bank, and none other than the one whose representative, Mr. Gomez (Carlos Torres Torija), is hounding her father (Dino Garcia) for payments. At this point, the movie becomes a violent heist picture in which blood and guts are spilled without thought to narrative logic — as if “Heidi” became a John Woo film. It’s an appalling breach of audience trust.
Tech credits are fine, except for show-offy camera work; some of the scenes involving rapid camera movement are not even edited together in a coherent fashion. Excessive violence against children prevents this from being marketed as a kiddie pic.