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Machuca (2004)

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

Director:

Andrés Wood

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matías Quer Matías Quer ... Gonzalo Infante
Ariel Mateluna Ariel Mateluna ... Pedro Machuca
Manuela Martelli Manuela Martelli ... Silvana
Aline Küppenheim ... María Luisa Infante (as Aline Kuppenheim)
Ernesto Malbran Ernesto Malbran ... Father McEnroe
Tamara Acosta Tamara Acosta ... Juana
Francisco Reyes ... Patricio Infante
Alejandro Trejo Alejandro Trejo ... Willy
Maria Olga Matte Maria Olga Matte ... Miss Gilda
Gabriela Medina Gabriela Medina ... Lucy
Luis Dubó Luis Dubó ... Ismael Machuca
Andrea García-Huidobro Andrea García-Huidobro ... Isabel
Tiago Correa ... Pablo
Pablo Krögh Pablo Krögh ... Colonel Sotomayor
Federico Luppi ... Roberto Ochagavía
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Storyline

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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Chile | Spain | UK | France

Language:

Spanish | English

Release Date:

11 June 2004 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Machuca, mein Freund See more »

Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile

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Budget:

$1,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Silvana: [Speaking to Gonzalo] Your mama didn't look happy.
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Crazy Credits

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 »

Connections

Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Ai Amor
Written and performed by Buddy Richard
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Exceptional!
6 March 2005 | by masyauefaSee all my reviews

I must start with saying that this is probably one of the best movies of the year if not of all times. It s set in the "revolution" days in Chille when the Facists came to power. The story is about a rich boy who studies in a rich school when the principle decides to bring in poor students for free. Of course, the rich kids and their parents doesn't like it but it's not like the poor kids can't stand out for themselves... The rich kid is making friends with a poor kid (Machuca) and they enjoy life together while everything falls apart around them. And there is a very powerful end which I won't reveal, but you'll see it coming if you know history.

The first thing that I've noticed is the cinematography. You know how American movies are always aiming for a perfect clean picture. Well, I don't like that style, and that is why I liked the cinematography in Machuca so much. The picture is a little dark and looks to be old. It gives the movie that is set in the 70's a real 70's feeling. It's very nice, even if the story gets a little boring for a second (nah, the movie was great at every time) the picture still makes it nice to watch.

The second thing that I've noticed is that while the movie is played mainly by kids they actually hold the movie very well. It's a very convincing acting, almost flawless. But the rest of the cast is very good too, the mother, the principle, I enjoyed the acting of all of them. Also to complete a great picture there is a great soundtrack. And when I say great I mean GREAT! The music is so vivid and placed well. It will take a while to get it out of my head. Oh, and another thing. I'm still only learning to appreciate a good editing (it's not a trivial thing at all) but this movie seems to get it all right. Every scene is on place and ends when needed, there are no useless scenes and there is no feeling that something is missing. I think that it's perfect editing (in the sense that they can't edit that movie any better).

So all in all, very very recommended! It's available on DVD for now but it should be released in a month or so in the theaters but it will be a very limited release.


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