Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Matías Quer ...
Ariel Mateluna ...
Manuela Martelli ...
Aline Küppenheim ...
María Luisa Infante (as Aline Kuppenheim)
Ernesto Malbran ...
Tamara Acosta ...
Juana
Francisco Reyes ...
Patricio Infante
Alejandro Trejo ...
Willy
Maria Olga Matte ...
Miss Gilda
Gabriela Medina ...
Lucy
Luis Dubó ...
Ismael Machuca
Andrea García-Huidobro ...
Isabel
Tiago Correa ...
Pablo
Pablo Krögh ...
Colonel Sotomayor
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Roberto Ochagavía
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Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) St. Patrick to allow free admission of some proletarian kids. One of them is Pedro Machuca, slum-raised son of the cleaning lady in Gonzalo Infante's liberal-bourgeois home. Yet the new classmates become buddies, paradoxically protesting together as Gonzalo gets adopted by Pedro's slum family and gang. But the adults spoil that too, not in the least when general Pinochet's coup ousts Allende, and supporters such as McEnroe. Written by KGF Vissers

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11 June 2004 (Spain)  »

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Chile's official submission to the 77th Academy Awards for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

Goofs

Silvana is standing by the outhouse, then moments later, after camera pans, appears on the other side of Gonzalo. See more »

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Gonzalo Infante: Stop seeing that old fucker.
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In the credits at the beginning of the film, the last letter of each word drifts slowly to the right separating from the names See more »

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References Kojak (1973) See more »

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Mira, niñita
Written and performed by Los Jaivas
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Wonderful and transcendent
13 August 2004 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

This is an absolutely wonderful film that captures a very interesting period of history told as a coming-of-age tale from the perspective of three pubescent school children. Like "Diaros de Motocicleta", the recent film about a young Ernesto Guevara, this is NOT simply a political diatribe. It does not romanticize the Allende government or the difficulties (riots, shortages, etc.)that the country went through during his turbulent reign. It certainly doesn't paint the Pinochet coup in a very favorable light, but I don't see how you can make the overthrow of a democratically-elected government and the murder, torture, and disappearance of some 3,000 people look like a wonderful thing. The film portrays many Pinochet supporters either as rich and corrupt or as small-minded, reactionary bullies (which is not entirely inaccurate), but it certainly doesn't shy away from the dark side of the Allende revolution( Allende supporters are shown accosting middle-class Chileans in the street, Allende himself appears in actual TV footage of his notorious meeting with Soviet leader Leonid Breshnev). Really though it would be a shame if continuing political differences stop people from seeing this superb film which really transcends politics to capture the spirit of youth and a time that, as terrible as it was, will never be forgotten.


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