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MachucaMachuca

Starring: Ariel Mateluna and Matias Quer
Directed by: Andres Wood
Spanish w/English Subtitles

 

Bluntly speaking? Machuca is a remarkable and new-look at a military coup. The film is based on the real civil war turmoil in Chile back in 1973. Its backdrop is the fear and horror of an armed polital struggle, with the fore front story , here, being the humanity of the children behind these struggles; what the innocent go through and how they have their own "polital" struggles to bare.

Story goes…it's 1973 and Chile is about to face an upheaval of its democracy. But to ten-year-old Gonzalo (Matias Quer), he's more concerned with his upper-class private school's new policy of free education for the poorer - other-side-of-the-tracks - kids. Well, not concerned, but in his small world this introduction of a foreign element is - seems - monumental.

Gonzalo, who "has it all," and is quite open-minded for the times, ultimately befriends Pedro Machuca (Ariel Mateluna), a boy that lives in a shanty shack. Even while Gonzalo's more snobby friends look upon Pedro the pauper as swill, Gonzalo sees a friend - regardless of Pedro's place in life.

The two try to share boyhood, and frolic about, as the town around them is growing more and more volatile, heading towards the inevitable uprising their parents await.

The loss of Democracy is looming. But while a country heads towards dictatorship, Pedro and Gonzalo experience their first kisses with a tough local girl, fight off bullies, learn alcohol's effects, while being continually reminded they are of different worlds by their "well- meaning" parents and guardians. The elders, who themselves, are in all sorts of clashing quietly stages of regime change.

Of course from the boys' rather innocent point of view they, not only don't see what all the fuss is about (financially), and don't understand the adult dynamics completely, they are even naive enough to sell party flags, as a after-school job, to both sides of the political struggle. The severity of the marches and the people's chants seem to be lost on them - though underneath, the two are very aware something is coming.

What makes Machuca so special is its heart; its truth. Machuca has a different way of looking at a country's re-shaping - true - but it's the boys' and their attempts at letting their worlds commingle that truly makes this tale grand. Enjoy

Snack recommendation: Coca Cola and Tums


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