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11 June 2004 (Spain) See more »
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Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Succeeds on both a human and political level See more (44 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Matías Quer ... Gonzalo Infante
Ariel Mateluna ... Pedro Machuca
Manuela Martelli ... Silvana
Aline Küppenheim ... María Luisa Infante
Ernesto Malbran ... Father McEnroe
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

Federico Luppi ... Roberto Ochagavía
Alfredo Ahumada ... Mozo
Daniel Alcino ... Sargento Ejército (as Daniel Alcaino)
Jack Arama ... Apoderado
David Arancibia ... David Ahumada
Cristóbal Aravena ... Christián Quiróz
Luis Bascuñán ... Lisandro Toro
Julio Briceno ... Sacerdote 2 (as Julio Briceño)
Mauricio Bustos ... Kiosquero
Francisca Concha ... Madre Robles
Vladimir Dubo ... José Alquelme
Samuel Echeverria ... Samuel Montes
Lucas Edwards ... Lucas Honorato
Benjamin Fernandez ... Enrique Vicuña
Joaquim Fernández ... Joaquin Hamilton
Matias Field ... Matias Wilson
Alejandro Golz ... Papá Robles (as Alejandro Goic)
Carlos Gonzalez ... Carlos González
Samuel Guajardo ... Chofer Micro
Nicolás Guiloff ... Alumno Bidón
Claudio Gutierrez ... Claudio Vildósola (as Claudio Gutiérrez)
Andrea Herman ... Apoderado
Francisca Imboden ... Amiga 2 Maria Luisa
Franco Jorquero ... Franco Crellana
Alejandro Kellner ... Alejandro Araya
Juan Krogh ... Luis Herrera (as Luan Krögh)
Sebastián Labarca ... Sebastián Ferreira
Jean Larrabure ... Juan Pablo Vial
Catherine Mezeyer ... Profesora Nueva (as Catherine Mazoyer)
Juan Pablo Miranda ... Soldado
Verónica Moraga ... Amiga 3 Maria Luisa
Felipe Navarrete ... Felipe Larroin
Victor Hugo Ogaz ... Capellón Ejército
Moisés Olivares ... Soldado
Cristóbal Osario ... Cristóbal Gómez
Tomás Osorio ... Tomás Gómez
Aldo Parodi ... Sastre
Javier Quer ... Javier Johnson
Isidora Quer ... Niña
Eugenia Soto ... Niña PC
Carole Sotomayor ... Amiga 1 Maria Luisa
Pablo Striano ... Dependiente
Sebastian Trautmann ... Gaston
Hugo Vásquez ... Apoderado 1
Miguel Villalonga ... (Sacerdote 1)
Stefan Von Bischoffshausen ... Stefan von Huscevic
Felipe Zapata ... Juan Parraguez
Jorge Zepeda ... Chofer de Ochagavía
Eduardo Burlé ... Rolando Hamilton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
María Izquierdo ... (uncredited)
Kevin Krisciunas ... Demonstrator (uncredited)
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Directed by
Andrés Wood 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Eliseo Altunaga 
Roberto Brodsky 
Mamoun Hassan 
Andrés Wood 

Produced by
Juan Carlos Arriagada .... executive producer
Mamoun Hassan .... producer
Gerardo Herrero .... producer
Patricio Pereira .... executive producer
Nathalie Trafford .... executive producer
Andrés Wood .... producer
 
Original Music by
Miguel Miranda 
José Miguel Tobar 
 
Cinematography by
Miguel Ioann Littin Menz 
 
Film Editing by
Fernando Pardo 
Soledad Salfate 
 
Casting by
Carlos Johnson 
 
Production Design by
Rodrigo Bazaes 
Alejandro González 
 
Art Direction by
María Eugenia Hederra 
 
Set Decoration by
María Eugenia Hederra 
 
Costume Design by
Maya Mora 
 
Makeup Department
Guadalupe Correa .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Eduardo Castro .... production manager
Patricio Perreira .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Felipe del Río .... third assistant director
María José Droguett .... second assistant director
Waldo Salgado .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Javiera Varas .... graphic designer
 
Sound Department
Miguel Hormazábal .... sound
Mauricio López .... sound editor
Marcos Maldavsky .... sound
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Pablo Martinez Lara .... second assistant camera
Miguel Ioann Littin Menz .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Colomba Rodrigo .... wardrobe assistant
 
Other crew
Julio Jorquera Arriagada .... location manager
 
Thanks
Los Bunkers .... thanks
María Izquierdo .... thanks
Amparo Noguera .... thanks
 

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USA:121 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:12 | Chile:TE | Germany:12 | Ireland:15A | Singapore:R21 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:12 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of St. Gallen) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Vaud) | Switzerland:12 (canton of Zurich) | UK:15
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Because of Chile's newborn cinematographic industry there's a few number of professional actors. Since the child actors in the movie were non-professional, the director worked with them for 7 months prior to the shooting.See more »
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Continuity: 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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Soundtrack:
Canción de cunaSee more »

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86 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
Succeeds on both a human and political level, 20 December 2004
Author: Howard Schumann from Vancouver, B.C.

In 1973, the Chilean military, under the direction of General Augusto Pinochet and backed by the CIA, overthrew the shaky socialist government of democratically elected President Salvador Allende. The coup led to the murder of 3,000 leftist Allende supporters and the detention of an estimated 250,000 political prisoners. Set against the background of the political instability that led to the crisis, Andrés Woods' Machuca is the moving story of the friendship between two boys from different sides of the social spectrum. Voted the most popular film at the 2004 Vancouver Film Festival and a major box-office hit in Chile, the semi-autobiographical film succeeds on both a human and a political level, the different elements coming together in a final conflagration.

Gonzalo Infante (Matias Quer) is a chubby, red-faced 11-year old who attends St. Patrick's private school. He lives in a wealthy neighborhood where his security is unquestioned, even though he knows that his mother Maria (Aline Kuppenheim) is having a long-standing affair with a well-to-do Argentine businessman. Gonzalo is shy and inexpressive and is often bullied at school. His life changes, however, when Father McEnroe (Ernesto Malbran), the priest who runs the school, opens St. Patrick's to those who are unable to pay, and Gonzalo develops a friendship with Pedro Machuca (Ariel Mataluna), a youngster who lives in a nearby shantytown. The inclusion of the marginal students causes unrest at the school. Fights break out between the two economic classes and parents hastily call meetings to voice their opposition to the "communist" priest. Gonzalo protects Pedro from the bullies and later visits Pedro in his home.

Aware of how much he has, Gonzalo accepts his status without feeling superior, though Pedro's family refers to him as "the snob". In a subplot, Pedro's seductive young cousin Silvana (Manuela Martelli) gives both boys an introduction to sexual pleasure. Though the relationship between the two boys develops naturally and their innocence allows them to see past the developing turmoil, the disturbing layers of adult events slowly begin to threaten their friendship. To pick up some extra money, the boys attend political rallies and sell Chilean flags to both the Nationalists and the Communists, but soon emotions escalate and street fights break out between far-left and far-right militants. The onset of revolt is signaled by the arrival of two jets flying towards the Presidential Palace, a seminal event in Chile's history that marked the end of their democracy.

One of Chile's most successful young filmmakers, Woods lets the facts speak for themselves, and Machuca makes its points with an emotional power unencumbered by bias or simplistic messages. While the upper middle class is shown as elitist and disdainful of the working class, Pedro's family is also not portrayed in glowing terms. In a drunken rage of victimization, the father tells his son that in a few years, "He (Gonzalo) will be working for Daddy....You'll be cleaning toilets." The children are portrayed as simply children without the false glow of larger-than-life heroism. Although Machuca may ultimately have more of an impact for Chileans who experienced the coup directly, its theme of young people caught in the swirl of events beyond their understanding resonates far beyond the details of this single tragic moment in history.

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