In 1983, as Chilean demonstrations against Pinochet's military regime gathered strength, the government seized upon the strange story of 14-year-old street teen Miguel Angel as a means of diverting attention from the public's growing discontent. In Peñablanca, not far from Valparaíso, the charismatic Angel swore he could see the Virgin Mary at the top of a local hill and, with the government doing all it could to promote this "miracle", hundreds of thousands of people made the pilgrimage to the "holy" spot. Soon Angel had attained rock-star status - with all the perks the term implies - until, inevitably, he fell fast and hard... Shot on 16mm film for a documentary feel, the film follow the investigation of an increasingly skeptical priest into this affair. Both a cultural critique of what director Esteban Larraín sees as Chile's need for affirmation in the face of a collective inferiority complex and a succinct illustration of Juvenal's "bread and circuses" concept of governmental ...
religion and politic. a strange case in Chile. the need of miracles in dark period. and a teenager. a film in same measure, interesting and confuse. because it is only a mixture of themes and a exercise of deep honesty. but too much is not always better. and this movie represents an example. its virtue - reflection of people emotions. but nothing else. short - an interesting movie and remember about the faith and temptations of power. in same measure, a too large theme for to be reflected in right manner. but the subject is attractive and the performance full of good intentions. a film who can be used as manifesto against religion but, in same measure, a confession about the aspects of evil.
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