'The Silence of Neto'

Guatemala's official 1994 entry for the Oscars and the first feature film produced in that country for worldwide distribution marks Luis Argueta's knockout directorial debut. It's a timeless coming-of-age saga, beautifully told and set against a shameful time, in 1954, when the United States, under pressure from a greedy United Fruit Co., ordered the CIA to topple the progressive administration of Jacobo Arbenz. Oscar Javier Almengor, left, Eva Tamargo Lemus and Julio Diaz star (Cinemax Saturday at 8 p.m.).

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