"Machuca" will undoubtedly turn out to be the seminal film about the democratic Marxist revolution that took place in Chile in the early Seventies which was subsequently destroyed by Pinochet's CIA backed military junta . "Machuca" conveys superbly the bitter class hatred that developed under Allende's rule; a period where the Chilean poor asserted themselves socially under a sympathetic government ,while the bourgeoisie fretted about having their property expropriated and nationalised. This class struggle is ,appropriately enough, played out mainly in a class of an elite Catholic boys school in Santiago , where, under the tutelage of a radical priest , a substantial number of poor children from the "barrios" are introduced into the school. This leads to class conflict in the class, but also to a close friendship between a rich boy ,Gonzalo , and a poor boy, Machuca, which ultimately ends in tragedy, as anyone with a knowledge of Chilean history at that time would expect. "Machuca" is not only a political and social commentary about a dramatic historical period, but it is also an exceptional "coming of age" tale that portrays close friendships, first loves and family relationships very realistically and accurately. The acting from the young cast is excellent , as is the cinematography. There are many memorable scenes and images in "Machuca" , a left wing film that exposes liberal democracy as merely a dainty facade for naked class rule ,which is totally expendable if the interests of the ruling class are directly threatened.