Machuca

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Overview

Political unrest helps spawn and destroy a friendship between two schoolboys in this drama. In Chile in 1973, as the leadership of socialist president Salvador Allende was coming under fire from the nation's military leaders and the leaders of several powerful Western nations including the United States, many in the country were inspired to address the issues of the vast gulf between Chile's rich and poor. Father McEnroe Ernesto Malbran, one of the headmasters of an exclusive private school, decides to confront ...
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Overview

Political unrest helps spawn and destroy a friendship between two schoolboys in this drama. In Chile in 1973, as the leadership of socialist president Salvador Allende was coming under fire from the nation's military leaders and the leaders of several powerful Western nations including the United States, many in the country were inspired to address the issues of the vast gulf between Chile's rich and poor. Father McEnroe Ernesto Malbran, one of the headmasters of an exclusive private school, decides to confront this matter by giving a handful of poor children a full scholarship. Pedro Machuca Ariel Mateluna is one of the new students, and while he and his fellows are picked on by the school's bullies, Pedro is a brave kid who stands his ground, and he's soon befriended by Gonzalo Infante Matías Quer, whose rich parents live in Santiago's wealthy suburbs. Gonzalo's family is standing on shaky ground these days; his mother Aline Küppenheim is having an affair, and his father Francisco Reyes finds himself at odds with her increasingly right-wing political views. Gonzalo begins spending more time with Pedro and his family; he particularly likes Uncle Willi Alejandro Trejo, who cheerfully sells flags to Chileans on both sides of the political fence, and develops a crush on Silvana Manuela Martelli, Pedro's older cousin. But the political and economic differences that are dividing the country find their way into the school, leading to a rift between the two friends.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/13/2007
  • UPC: 689076059350
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Menemsha Films
  • Presentation: Colorized / en español
  • Language: Spanish
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 32,577

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Matias Quer Gonzalo Infante
Ariel Mateluna Pedro Machuca
Manuela Martelli Silvana
Aline Küppenheim Maria Luisa
Federico Luppi Roberto Ochagavia
Ernesto Malbran Father McEnroe
Tamara Acosta Juana
Francisco Reyes Patricio Infante
Alejandro Trejo Willi
Technical Credits
Andres Wood Director, Producer
Juan Carlos Arriagada Associate Producer
Rodrigo Bazaes Production Designer
Roberto Brodsky Screenwriter
Mamoun Hassan Producer, Screenwriter
Gerardo Herrero Producer
Miguel Hormazábal Sound/Sound Designer
Carlos Johnson Casting
Miguel J. Littin Cinematographer
Miguel Ioan Littin Cinematographer
Marcos Maldasky Sound/Sound Designer
Miguel Miranda Score Composer
Maya Mora Costumes/Costume Designer
Fernando Pardo Editor
Patricio Pereira Associate Producer
Jose Miguel Tobar Score Composer
Nathalie Trafford Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Machuca: A Film By Andres Wood
1. Chapter 1 [8:24]
2. Chapter 2 [8:50]
3. Chapter 3 [9:02]
4. Chapter 4 [6:40]
5. Chapter 5 [13:17]
6. Chapter 6 [13:35]
7. Chapter 7 [3:44]
8. Chapter 8 [11:29]
9. Chapter 9 [9:44]
10. Chapter 10 [10:24]
11. Chapter 11 [6:19]
12. Chapter 12 [7:21]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Machuca: A Film By Andres Wood
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   Scene Selections
   Previews
      Live and Become
      Touch of Spice
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  • Posted July 25, 2013

    Following up on his Sundance winning film Violeta Went to Heaven

    Following up on his Sundance winning film Violeta Went to Heaven, director Andrés Wood brings us an emotionally charged story of boyhood friendship in 1970s Chile. Class conflict is highlighted by the socialist ideology of Salvador Allende and Pinochet’s impending coup. This is all seen through the eyes of two unlikely friends, eleven year olds Gonzalo Infante and the titular character Pedro Machuca. In their friendship, the conflict between the marginalized poor and the upper class is dramatized – the impoverished Pedro is only able to attend the same school as his more privileged friend when he is awarded a full-ride scholarship. Both of the lead actors are incredible, making this film a definite recommendation!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Political Chaos form the Vantage of Children's Eyes

    Andrés Wood is a highly regarded Chilean filmmaker, a man unafraid to take on controversial issues and present them in a manner that is revelatory to his audience, whether that audience is in Chile or other South American countries - or in Europe or North America. In MACHUCA he transports us to the year 1973 in Chile when Pinochet's military coup overthrew Allende's socialist 'democracy'. Knowing that there remains a divided opinion of this period of time, a time when Allende supporters who could not escape the country were murdered or placed in detention camps as political prisoners, Woods sensitively recreates this period through the eyes of children from the populace divided by the middle class and the poor, a technique which works on every level. Saint Patrick's School for boys in Santiago is headed by a kind priest/principal Father McEnroe (Ernesto Malbran) and the rich to middle class uniformed boys include one 'strawberry faced', quiet, chubby Gonzalo Infante (Matías Quer) whose family is of means but has issues of covert infidelity with the mother (Aline Küppenheim) and father (Francisco Reyes). The Allende government is shaky, and in an attempt to appease the poor class, Saint Patrick's School takes on students from the shantytowns to 'democratize' education. Among these new students is Pedro Machuca (Ariel Mateluna) who seems to be a loner but soon becomes the brunt of the rich kids' prejudice. Gonzalo befriends Pedro and gradually the two form a strong bond which leads to each of the boys learning about their separate families and life styles: Gonzalo's life of luxury dazzles Pedro while Pedro's humble shack houses warm family that Gonzalo envies. The friendship leads to a close examination of the schism of racism and political clashes brought into sharp focus as the military coup changes everything. Only friendship remains intact in a dramatically tested fashion. Andrés Woods marries the political and the human aspects of this chaotic time in Chile and offers us insights into the ongoing changing governments of South America. His script (which he wrote with Eliseo Altunaga, Roberto Brodsky and Mamoun Hassan) is spare leaving space for much of the story to be told by observing the interaction of his two main characters with their associates. The result is a deeply moving film, an opportunity to observe the tenuous times of a period most of us barely understand. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp

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