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
I'm embarrassed, if only other actors or director had developed it.
The script if by far the worst thing of the movie. It's as though Marcelo Ferrari and the script writers read "GuideLines in making a History Movie": Love story between the miner and the "maestra" (NO ONE says "maestra" in Chile), the nephew of the confused but good-hearted owner of the mine.The acting, at many times embarrassing and exaggerated. The script's fault mainly... And also, when has a miner ever dressed in white? By far too stupid and shallow... When has a Chilean miner referred in any way as the phrase "Camaradas, lo mas importante es la organización!" ("Comrads", The most important thing is organization) I'm not saying that a Chilean miner is not fit to think that, but that is the last literal or grammatical, or morphological way he would express it. There is a huge lack of effort and work to make this a good Chilean movie, it was just like translating a good best seller from Hollywood, add a little Baldomero Lillos, environment: Lota, stir it up and impress it in mediocrity millimeters of film. It's so unfair! Being such a good topic, with so many interesting possibilities to develop artistically, both visuals and the writing. I still cried when the little boy pushes the door inside the mine. There was something good there, very subtle, but it vanishes in the rest of the catastrophe it was for me when I saw it...
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