Machuca (2004)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):   BBBB

Chile/Spain/United Kingdom/France, 2004.  Wood Producciones, Tornasol Films, Mamoun Hassan Productions, Paraïso Productions, Chilefilms, Canal+ España, Televisión Española, Ibermedia, Gobierno de Chile.  Screenplay by , , , Andres Wood.  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by , .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by

Riveting Chilean film that brings us back to the 1973 military coup of Chile by General Pinochet that overthrew Salvador Allende’s socialist government (and led to the murder of thousands). An upper-middle class boy befriends a poor boy when the priests at his Catholic private school allow children from a nearby slum to attend classes at their own expense. Their friendship opens up the richer boy’s eyes to the suffering of those less fortunate than him, and broadens his perspective on his own self-interested family and the injustices they let stand.  The film brings the seventies to life with accuracy, but also is an absorbing, exhilarating drama with rich characters and superb direction by Andres Wood.

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