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El Verano de los Peces Voladores (2013)

Manena goes on vacation with her father, Francisco, to a part of southern Chile. She discovers that her father's obsession with catching all the carp in his artificial lagoon is making the local Mapuche tribe angry, so she has to stop him.


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Cast overview:
Francisca Walker Francisca Walker ... Manena
Gregory Cohen Gregory Cohen ... Francisco 'Pancho'
María Izquierdo María Izquierdo ... Teresa
Emilia Lara Emilia Lara ... Isidora
Guillermo Lorca Guillermo Lorca ... Lorca, Painter neighbour
Roberto Cayuqueo ... Pêdro
Bastián Bodenhöfer Bastián Bodenhöfer ... Uncle Carlos
Paola Lattus Paola Lattus ... Ester


Manena is a very determined teenager, and the darling daughter of Pancho, a rich Chilean landowner who devotes his vacations to a single obsession: the extermination of carp fish that invade his artificial lagoon. As he resorts to more and more extreme methods, Manena experiences her first love, deception; and discovers a world that silently co-exists alongside her own: that of the Mapuche Indian workers who claim access to these lands - and who stand up to her father.

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Chile | France



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23 April 2014 (France) See more »

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Redeeming nature
3 August 2014 | by Raven-1969See all my reviews

As with the mist seeping through and covering the forest of Southern Chile, it is not easy for any of the characters in this film – or for the film audience - to see clearly into anything. There are so many contradictions. Everyone is at odds with each other, and yet also friends. Rich Chileans are, even as they add their wealth and support to the local economy and people, logging and developing the forestland, callously throwing dynamite as well as toxins in pristine lakes, building fences, and as often as not, treating the native Mapuche with arrogance and contempt. There are tensions between family members, rich and poor, as well. Nature is the redeeming feature. Manena, the only character who seems to appreciate nature, is calm when she is in the natural world and at a loss otherwise. Shot in natural light, the film is worthwhile just to get glimpses of the beautiful Chilean wilderness scenery including mist-filled forests, waterfalls, hot springs, translucent mountain lakes, and beautiful drifting clouds. The film is multi-layered, non-judgmental and full of depth. As with traveling in a foreign land, it is intriguing and gratifying to gain the knowledge and shift in perspective that a foreign film brings. This film was full of new and interesting ideas and outlooks, such as El Cuero, the mythical Chilean lake monster. The producer was very talkative during the question and answer session after the film and delightful to listen to. Seen at the 2014 Miami International Film Festival.

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