In 1897, in Lota, Chile, in the face of long days, low pay, debts to the company store, unsafe and deadly working conditions, and widespread child labor, men try to establish a miners' ... See full summary »
In 1897, in Lota, Chile, in the face of long days, low pay, debts to the company store, unsafe and deadly working conditions, and widespread child labor, men try to establish a miners' association at one of the largest coal mines in the world. They must face Davis, an iron-fisted and murderous supervisor; there's at least one turncoat, willing to inform on their fellow workers; and, there are passions on all sides, including one between Fernando, a leader of the miners, and Virginia, the godchild of the mine's owners. Can the miners win a victory, and at what cost? Baldomero Lillo, a grocery clerk, records it all. Written by
As other posters have commented the movie is simply a bad movie, and in my view it is due to the direction not being up to the challenge.
There are just so many things wrong about it. Let's just mention a couple: How could they not include a shot inside the mine's elevator, to convey its depth and danger? Even the music languishes through the entire story, it has no theme. Not to mention that terrible, out-of-tune song for the final credits, totally out of context.
If they cut the movie up in little pieces it would make a pretty good soap opera. But a film? This is not.
Fortunately it is not a reflection of Chilean cinema. Don't miss "Machuca", or "La Fiebre del Loco" if you can find it.
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