Wood, who based the film on events from his own early life, confines the story to Gonzalo's perspective. Military coups follow by military dictatorships are not the way to go. A plea hearing for Xavier Machuca, 27, of Ontario, was slated for Wednesday, but was moved to Feb. Set in 1973 Santiago during Salvador Allende's socialist government and shortly before General Augusto Pinochet's military coup in 1973, the film tells the story of two friends, one of them the very poor Pedro Machuca who is integrated into the elite school of his friend Gonzalo Infante. Machuca is amazed at the many clothes in Gonzalo's closet.
They are on their way to bomb the Palace in a military coup against Allende. He returns to his family's new home, which is now even more opulent thanks to his mother's lover and the new redistribution of wealth under the new government. Either way, director Andres Wood pretty well sinks the dramatic potentials of his fascinating characters. Set in 1973 during 's socialist government until shortly after General 's military , the film tells the story of two pupils: Gonzalo Infante comes from rich family with European background, while Pedro Machuca comes from an indigenous background and lives in very poor conditions. This really makes Father angry and he sends the boy to the office. Visually, too, The Kindness of Strangers is an unsuccessful hybrid of the loose, craftlike assemblage of and the cleaner Hollywood mode Scherfig has been working in of late. They just don't have much to do with that part of Santiago.
She is having a custom-made suit made for her at the tailor shop. The backdrop to the main story is, of course, a Chile in turmoil. Pedro Ariel Mateluna , who comes from modest means, gets a free ride to an elite Catholic boarding school run by the forward-thinking Father McEnroe Ernesto Malbran. The fact that the children sell flags to the protestors of both sides is a comical, yet poignant, way of reinforcing their disassociation with the situation around them, a detachment which becomes increasingly ironic as they become embroiled, whether they like it or not, in the escalating tension. This simple yet effective introduction offers a first glimpse of the social chasm that exists between the wealthy and the poorer, marginalized members of Chilean society.
After Father is gone, the military officer makes Pedro go with him, destination unknown. In 1973, in Santiago of Chile of the first socialist president democratically elected in a Latin-American country, President Salvador Allende, the principal of the Saint Patrick School, Father McEnroe Ernesto Malbran makes a trial of integration between students of the upper and lower classes. The bully takes Gonzalo's sandwich from him and starts to eat it. Father gives himself a head-start, shouts Go! But historical circumstances rule out false comfort or redemptive optimism. Gonzalo starts running back to the classroom, but the big bully hits him with a thrown rock. She grabs the can from him and rushes back into the shack.
Back in Shantytown Gonzalo watches as Silvana dances to the music from the radio. Patrick's English School for Boys, a wealthy private school for the country's elite, in the midst of the social upheaval of the administration of democratically elected Marxist president Salvador Allende in 1973. And she is most definitely and passionately a socialist. The camera quickly pans across figures hunched over, laboriously digging in mud. Since mom and dad are out of the house, sister and boyfriend throw a party. But the adults spoil that too, not in the least when general Pinochet's coup ousts Allende, and supporters such as McEnroe. There are moments that feel forced and schematic -- in particular those that insist on revealing Gonzalo's school as a microcosm of a society riven by class and ideology.
He finally finds out when Gonzalo returns the test paper to Machuca. One of them is Pedro Machuca, slum-raised son of the cleaning lady in Gonzalo Infante's liberal-bourgeois home. It is a completely new world for Gonzalo. Father says that they need to have respect for others regardless of their socio-economic background. As a coming of age story in which a kid from the rich and pampered part of town makes friends with a less fortunate peer and gets his first real kiss from a taunting beauty given to sexual experimentation, it had lots of potential.
The women in the car get out and start screaming at Silvana. The following day at school Gonzalo and Machuca are greeted by armed guards in front of their school. This increases Gonzalo's sense of isolation. Then the other boys start jumping in and there is a mass fight between the poor boys and their allies and the bullies and their allies. It won Most Popular International Film at the 2004. Your blog keeps getting better and better! He calls home to tell them where he is.
All around them, Chile drifts towards civil war. In addition to its tonal about-faces, the repetitive and lifeless dialogue of the screenplay also robs otherwise charismatic performers like Kazan and Jones of distinguishing characteristics. Pedro Machuca visits Gonzalo's home and is impressed at Gonzalo having a separate room with toys and a closet full of his own clothing, but also witnesses the tensions and cruelty latent in Gonzalo's family. The political divide is painted in vivid but confusing colors. How about watching a terrific film from Chile? Their intense, limited way of perceiving the world, sometimes sentimentally rendered as moral innocence, is one of the reasons they are frequently placed at the center of movies about war, revolution and other forms of social upheaval and political disaster.
Gonzalo's family witnesses the -backed , where Salvador Allende commits suicide and takes over. Pero porque sus familias eran muy diferentes y el gobierno de Chile era inestable, ellos eran se separados. They listen when Gonzalo's parents return. Aesthetically, Machuca is one of the most visually attractive films of the past year. Revolutionary changes are unclear in terms of who would benefit and which demographic group stands most to lose.