Lena and Daniel, a young couple become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet's secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel. Based on true events.Written by
Colonia Dignidad was a real-life secret detention camp. See more »
The German ambassador's Mercedes that takes the protagonists to the airport, is flying two German flags. In reality only one would be affixed to the car (on the side where the Ambassador or Charge d'Affaires is seated, behind the driver, not on the driver's side). See more »
Oh I can see. Your sadness in your eyes. Doubts in your heart. Turmoil in your soul. Oh you think you made a mistake, that you shouldn't have come here. You regret. You regret deeply. It's OK. It's OK, Lena. We're not perfect. No, none of us. We all lose our way sometimes. The lord loves us, imperfect as we are.
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I've been to the premiere at the Film Festival in Zurich and I was moved by the movie, not because of the love story, but because of the irrefutable truth. The movie left me thinking and researching about its topic: Colognia Dignidad, a cult in Santiago de Chile. It conjures many ethical questions and portrays what humanity is capable of. The movie grips and doesn't let go of you till the end. The contents is real, except for the love story that forms the golden thread. One has to imagine that the movie portrays the life and the ways of Colognia Dignidad almost like a documentary without felt exaggeration, but it is still a movie with a story. Superb acting by Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl made the movie an even more intense experience. The only criticism I can make is that the love story is average in comparison to the rest. I believe that the characters actions don't always make much sense. All in all, it's one of the best movies I've seen this year and cannot be compared with the commercial films normally shown in cinemas.
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