Monteverde’s Rockwellian Faith Movie ‘Little Boy’ Dreams the Impossible


Mexican film director Jose Alejandro Gomez Monteverde, best known for his classic 2006 Toronto International Film Festival winner Bella, discussed his new film Little Boy with Breitbart’s Executive Chairman, Stephen K. Bannon, on Breitbart News Sunday.

Bannon remarked that the highly acclaimed Bella was “stunning and one of the best pro-life movies that he’s ever seen.”

Monteverde said that “Little Boy in one sentence is about believing in the impossible. It’s a love story about a son and a father who were separated by war. It explores what a little boy can do when he is facing the impossible, when he is facing a challenge. In the end it is the ultimate underdog story.”

The award winning director believes that children are the ultimate underdogs. In Monteverde’s view, children are vulnerable because they are not self sufficient. They face challenges, but often don’t have the resources or coping abilities to overcome them. Little Boy explores this dilemma.

Monteverde believes that he too was an underdog coming from Mexico to the USA and making it as a filmmaker. He told Bannon that people believe achieving certain goals are “impossible.” But often times, he observes, the word “impossible” comes from their own mind.

“The movie explores impossible things through the eyes of a little boy and explores the power of faith,” the filmmaker explained. He added that Little Boy asks the question: “What is faith? Is it really a power we can use, or is it just an ideology.”

Monteverde told Breitbart listeners that he hopes Little Boy will inspire a lot of questions and urge people to think about what is possible in their lives and how faith affects our destiny. The director said that in his movies he prefers to come from a question rather than tell people what to think. “I like to propose things, I don’t impose things,” he said.

Norman Rockwell paintings mesmerized Monteverde because they depicted the “colloquial life.” The young director said that the paintings reminded him of the “very colloquial society and culture” from which he came in Mexico. “I took all of his paintings and I recreated them on set. I built an entire town based on Norman Rockwell paintings.” Little Boy, which takes place during World War II, “is a very Rockwellian story,” he pointed out.

Bannon asked Monteverde if Little Boy will have any of the same type of “huge emotional moments” that Bella had. “Yes. But it’s more like a fairy tale for adults without the fairies,” he answered. “Hopefully it will leave you thinking. It’s an inspirational film.”

Monteverde’s Little Boy is produced by Mark Brunett, arguably the most powerful producer in television, responsible for an astonishing 11 network programs, including: Survivor, People’s Choice Awards, The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice, The Sing-Off, and A.D. It opens in theatres on Arpil 24.