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Machuca [DVD]

Matias Quer , Ariel Mateluna , Andrés Wood    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matias Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Kuppenheim, Ernesto Malbran
  • Directors: Andrés Wood
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct 2005
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000ANVNJ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,553 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Chilean coming-of-age drama, set in 1973 when Pinochet military coup seized power from Allende's democratically elected government. Gonzalo (Matias Quer) is from a wealthy middle-class background, while Pedro (Ariel Mateluna) comes from an illegal shantytown. When a local priest starts admitting children from poor families to Gonzalo's elite private school, they start to learn about each other's backgrounds and become friends. But with the growing violence and disturbance of Chilean politics intruding into their lives, the two boys' friendship is put to the test.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Class Struggle in Chile 17 April 2006
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Just like back in the day 30 Mar 2006
This film is really good! I watched the film with my mother who is Chilean and had to leave Chile when the military coup happened in 1973. She said the film is exactly like things used to be back then. There loads of funny parts and really sad ones too! I would recommend this film to anyone who is intrested in World Politics or like watching Foriegn/Cultural films. A really good watch!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars excellent 7 Dec 2010
By cocoo17
this is a truly fabulous film, which provides an insight in the turbulent politics of the 1970`s in Chile. Complex political events can be easily followed even by viewers even with no previous knowledge about Chile. Gripping and moving story seen through the eyes of two children. Great as part of Spanish language/ Latin American studies. Highly recommended !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching! 23 July 2007
By Andy
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This isn't a political film although set in the midst of political events which is the 1973 military coup in Chile and the months preceding it. The turmoil in the country reaching a boiling point is clearly visible in protests and shortages of food and in news real showing Marxist president Allende in Moscow greeting his totalitarian friends. The director succeeds in creating a clear image of the situation as it was back in 1973 without propaganda which would have jeopardized the artistic integrity of the movie. Don't brand it as a "leftist" film it isn't.

What stands out is friendship that reaches beyond class barriers, a coming of age saga of three youngsters that eventually become the victims of the situation in their country as it reaches its climax in a bitter hatred of "them" and "us". It is sad and heartbreaking.

The young actors do an outstanding job I might add and cast you in their net with their sincere performances which alone makes the film worth watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smoke on the horizon 29 Mar 2013
By technoguy VINE VOICE
To reclaim back from a period of silence and to prise open Chile in the period before the coup of 1973,Andreas Wood has directed the film Machuca,about the coming of age of children,based upon his own personal memories and those of other people he's interviewed from the period,both those who were children then and the priest involved. Told through their eyes,especially Gonzalo(Matias Quer),from a wealthy middle-class neighbourhood,and Pedro Machuca (Mateluna),who lives in a nearby shantytown.The stress is on the social aspects of the class system,the gulf between the rich and poor.Made in the tradition of school films like Au Revoir Les Enfants,Kes and If.The private school in question is St.Patrick's School of English where they meet when an idealistic priest admits children from poor families,and they learn about each other's very different worlds,where they develop a strong bond.

Clearly the politics is in the background,which gives the director the freedom from Gonzalo's POV(a passive, reflecting instrument) to show everything he wanted to show.So people who weren't there can experience through the many layers and different characters,what the experience was like.Gonzalo lives with his mother,eldersister and father,a businessman.His mother has an elderly lover/businessman who buys Gonzalo books on the Lone Ranger and Tonto.Someone says "a white man could never mix with an Indian".Gonzalo is not enchanted by this arrangement. Gonzalo and Pedro fight off school bullies and visit or stay over at each other's homes.Pedro's father is a drunk and warns Pedro that his friend will be running his dad's business when he is still a toilet cleaner.
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