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by Jaime Grijalba.

This is a reprint of a review done at my blog Overlook’s Corridor back in December 2012, since this movie was still playing at that time in cinemas in Chile. Right now is having a revival at chilean theaters, and it’s also getting released in select screens in the US, as well as the UK, and it’s nominated for best foreign film at the Oscars. So, I couldn’t have a better timing. The review is revised and expanded for this ocassion. Anyway, no matter what I say here, I recommend it fully to anyone who has it available this week or in the coming weeks.

(Chile, USA, Mexico 2012 115m)

p Pablo Cruz, Daniel Marc Dreifuss, Gael García Bernal, Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Diego Luna d Pablo Larraín w Pedro Peirano, Antonio Skarmeta c Sergio Armstrong ed Andrea Chignoli, Catalina Marín Duarte

a Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Marcial Tagle, Alejandro Goic, Diego Muñoz, Luis Gnecco, Jaime Vadell, Néstor Cantillana, Manuela Oyarzún, Sergio Hernández, Claudia Cabezas, Pascal Montero

It’s one of the most praised films of last year made in Chile, participating in many film festivals from around the world and gaining critical acclaim from most critics and viewers from accross the board. Ever since the film premiered it has been received with certain reactions, because it’s so connected to the recent history of Chile and specially the consequences of the act portrayed are more than ever present and discussed by politicians and analysts in general. And so, quivering with fear, I approached the movie theatre accompanied by both of my parents that lived the process of the election where they chose if they wanted the murderer and dictator Augusto Pinochet to stay in power for another 8 years (could you imagine? 25 possible years with that guy at the head of the nation? what kind of country would that be?) in a simple choice between “Yes” and “No”. A few years back, there was another election regarding the state of Pinochet’s government, but that election has been put to shame by history since it was so obviously rigged and no propaganda for the “No” decision was allowed, since it was considered a choice that only communists and terrorists that didn’t want to see Chile grow would choose, so even the people who were in charge of the election comitee and the booths voiced out that you had to vote “Yes” (this was a story from my mom, her first voting chance, when she was over 20 years old, was in that plebiscite, and she was coarced to vote “Yes”, she did, but because she was a bit stupid back then, she also recons that). (more…)

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