- 1990 Sundance Film Festival
Destined to become a classic of Kazakh cinema, Toro is the story of a boy who knuckles under to the pressure of his playmates and, at great peril, steals money from his cruel stepfather to bet on the boys’ soccer game. Owing a heavy debt to Italian neorealism, the film is splendidly acted by an almost all-child cast. Since Toro is edited for maximum tension, the hero’s salvation becomes a matter of split-second timing.
— Forrest Ciesol
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