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Machuca (2004)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, History | 11 June 2004 (Spain)
Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matías Quer ... Gonzalo Infante
Ariel Mateluna ... Pedro Machuca
Manuela Martelli ... Silvana
... María Luisa Infante (as Aline Kuppenheim)
Ernesto Malbran ... Father McEnroe
Tamara Acosta ... Juana
... Patricio Infante
Alejandro Trejo ... Willy
Maria Olga Matte ... Miss Gilda
Gabriela Medina ... Lucy
Luis Dubó ... Ismael Machuca
Andrea García-Huidobro ... Isabel
... Pablo
Pablo Krögh ... Colonel Sotomayor
... 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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$1,500,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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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Patricio Infante: Socialism might be better for Chile but not for us.
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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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Ai Amor
Written and performed by Buddy Richard
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A Truly Outstanding Piece of Film-making
15 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

This film reaches back and looks at history in a very intimate and personal way. Its young protagonist is shown, growing up, not quite understanding what is happening around him. His own life is the middle of a crisis, and suddenly he is in the middle of his own country's political storm. Gonzalo is one of the lucky ones, a young man who escaped the horrors while he learned how to become a better human being.

Andres Wood's direction is assured and gentle. He shows his love of his country, its main characters, his own history (there are strong hints at this being at least auto-biographical). His film is beautifully scored and photographed; in addition to having one of the best performances ever by a group of children. The movie moves along quietly, touching us, teaching us, and taking us along in an unforgettable study of humanity at its worst and its best.


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