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.