Cinema: The Children's Minute

The Childrens's Minute

hen comedy and poverty mix, one of them is probably lying. In the case of Popi, the plight of the poor is told with harrowing accuracy. It is the laughs that arise from calculated invention. A Puerto Rican widower, Popi (Alan Arkin) holds down three jobs to keep his family together. He is kept so busy that his children's hour is shrunk to a minute, and his two boys, Luis and Junior, are reduced to shiftless street Arabs.

The simultaneous dishwasher, apartment handyman and hospital orderly frantically adds another occupation to his...

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