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Machuca


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  • Actors: Matias Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Kuppenheim
  • Directors: Andres Wood
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Passion River
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LV6OC6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,537 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Set in Chile, 1973, this is an astonishingly intimate and painful coming-of-age story about a pair of 12-year-old boys from opposite extremes of society who form an unlikely friendship during the last days of President Allende and the first days of Pinochet. The potent events are accompanied by a searingly beautiful soundtrack with heart-stopping beats that propel the drama of the story.

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Powerful! --La Weekly

Potent...packs a quiet wallop. --The Hollywood Reporter

Tender, funny and smart, Machuca is that rare discovery, an incisive political parable that also succeeds as a drama of sharply drawn individuals. --Wall Street Journal

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Great movie, great acting, great story.
Johanna Harmon
What sets this film apart is its incredible authenticity to the characters, the times, the cultures, the language, to the emotion of Chilenos at this time in history.
Chuquicamata
Gonzalo lives with his mother,elder sister and father,a businessman.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2007
Format: DVD
Andrés Wood is a highly regarded Chilean filmmaker, a man unafraid to take on controversial issues and present them in a manner that is revelatory to his audience, whether that audience is in Chile or other South American countries - or in Europe or North America. In MACHUCA he transports us to the year 1973 in Chile when Pinochet's military coup overthrew Allende's socialist 'democracy'. Knowing that there remains a divided opinion of this period of time, a time when Allende supporters who could not escape the country were murdered or placed in detention camps as political prisoners, Woods sensitively recreates this period through the eyes of children from the populace divided by the middle class and the poor, a technique which works on every level.

Saint Patrick's School for boys in Santiago is headed by a kind priest/principal Father McEnroe (Ernesto Malbran) and the rich to middle class uniformed boys include one 'strawberry faced', quiet, chubby Gonzalo Infante (Matías Quer) whose family is of means but has issues of covert infidelity with the mother (Aline Küppenheim) and father (Francisco Reyes). The Allende government is shaky, and in an attempt to appease the poor class, Saint Patrick's School takes on students from the shantytowns to 'democratize' education. Among these new students is Pedro Machuca (Ariel Mateluna) who seems to be a loner but soon becomes the brunt of the rich kids' prejudice. Gonzalo befriends Pedro and gradually the two form a strong bond which leads to each of the boys learning about their separate families and life styles: Gonzalo's life of luxury dazzles Pedro while Pedro's humble shack houses warm family that Gonzalo envies.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Steven Janasik on July 29, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a story of 2 young Chilean boys who befriend one another during the turmoil of the Allende era. One boy is from a well to do family & enjoys a life of privilege. The other boy is from a poor family & is mistreated by society & the government.
This movie is well worth the money but be aware that unless you can get hold of a disk equipped with English subtitles, you will need some knowledge of Spanish to get the most from this film.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Johanna Harmon on April 13, 2008
Format: DVD
This movie is about the other 9/11--meaning 9/11/73 in Chile. There was a military coup that is little known in the US. The movie gives you the perspective of 2 boys growing up during that time. It is said that the director, Andres Wood, based the movie on his own experience growing up in Santiago. Great movie, great acting, great story. It will leave a print on your heart.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Eric H. Roth on November 16, 2008
Format: DVD
Prepare yourself to be stunned and moved by this award-winning 2004 film.

"Only children and drunks don't lie," exclaims a young firebrand teenage girl articulating the controversial film's central theme.

The lives of three children, attracted despite class and educational backgrounds, come together and fall apart in this dark coming of age during a time of violent social conflict film. Children discover the lies, obsessions, hopes, and fears of adults in in Chile in 1973 - before and after the coup. They discover that friendship and good intentions are far too weak in the face of prejudice, tradition, hunger, and violence.

See the film, travel back to a time of political fanaticism, and watch the pleasures of youth become painful, mature understandings. Although more poignant than Missing, the film also seems less overtly political in its story. Yet this sometimes sweet film packs a very hard punch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kerjman on March 9, 2010
Format: DVD
A beautiful movie of dawning Pinochet's time Chile as boys from different walks of life befriended attending the same Catholic school.

Too many emotions to write too long comment here.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chuquicamata on October 5, 2013
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This film depicts the events of 9/11/73 in Chile through the eyes of two children from very different walks of life - that through a series of events - come together. What sets this film apart is its incredible authenticity to the characters, the times, the cultures, the language, to the emotion of Chilenos at this time in history. I use this film in my Spanish language and film class. Recommended for junior / seniors in high school and university students. Much strong language. Very recommended. My students (and I) love this film. Background research is needed to have a full understanding of Chile at this time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By anon. on February 9, 2010
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Great film focused on the dictatorship that took place in the country of Chile in the late 1970s. It is a beautifully told story and is an important one to know and understand. After studying abroad in Chile my undestanding grew and I find it important that everyone knows the story of this time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HardyBoy64 VINE VOICE on June 30, 2011
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This is one of the best Latin American films that I've seen in a while. The historical aspect of the film is treated beautifully, with a powerful ending that is bound to stay with this viewer for a very long time. I loved the look of the film- early 1970 fashion in full bloom. I think that the story of the middle class family could have been edited a bit better and for me, some of those scenes were a bit ambiguous. However, the overall film is powerful, poignant and memorable.
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