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 makes a trial of integration between students of the upper and lower classes.
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Film is an art form that constructs alternative realities; anybody who wants hard facts should read history books instead. I admire the consistent way Wood displays the events: He takes the bourgeois perspective and shows history through the eyes of a boy. That's why the film seems black and white on the surface; but if you look closer you can see the attempt to unmask fascist structures in the acting of his figures.
Being the son of straight working-class Chilean immigrants, I grew up hearing nothing but the difficulties and horrors of Chile in the seventies. Instead of getting a portrait of the pains and situations of the time, we get a sentimental drama with a half-assed political message. It's a far more complicated situation that the black/white world this film portrays.
topic very interesting, but implementation average... good to be reminded to such a sad historical story, as usual caused by interference by a country which stands more for freedom to own a gun than for democracy
O Chile como país onde a educação pode ser acessível a qualquer um, independentemente do seu estatuto social. um olhar sobre o Chile antes do terramoto e do problema mineiro que ocorreu. Um bom momento de reflexão.