The mother left Chile 26 years ago, her two children did not see her again. The children have grown up : the brother a film-maker, the daughter a librarian. They will try to fix, to give a body to the telephonic voice of their mother, to finish the spell of the family’s phantom limb.
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A painful depiction of the inadequacy of being humans. Memories burn. Desires burn. Your own flesh burns. The very concept of being is burning...//Un doloroso ritratto dell'inadeguatezza di essere umani. Memorie che bruciano. Desideri che bruciano. La tua propria pelle brucia. Il concetto stesso di esistenza sta bruciando...
Though visually could have been so much better, the exploration of the micro and how it relates to the macro around the middle of this film was great to watch. I did find myself invested in these humans towards the end as well, and would really want to know more about the mother's side.
Documentary about the militar dictatorship in Chile. Interesting: this film could be about several other countries in Latinamerica. The effect of dictatorship on memory, identity, and dignity is well developed in The Burn. Two links. One is Roberto Bolaño, all his books are variations of the experiencie of dictatorship. The other, the case of Argentina. Centro Editor de América Latina might be a stronger version.
A young Chilean filmmaker and his sister are attempting to come to terms with, or rather conclude, the "phantom limb-like" relationship they've developed with/without their long lost mother, who left them 26 years prior.
Documental de corte autobiográfico en la que el realizador busca persistentemente las razones que llevaron a su madre, veintiséis años atrás, a abandonarlos a él y a su hermana. Es una suerte de autorretrato, en el que René Ballesteros explora a su vez un pasado familiar y un pasado histórico nacional del que sólo tiene libros y fotografías, que él mismo tacha de ficción, y del que nadie quiere o puede hablar.
Because of the indirect way of dealing with the topic, the audience from outside of Chile and South America is most likely going to miss most of it. It seems to appeal to the memories and coming to terms with what happened, what people did to each other, and then - forgetting or forgiving? Also, while this is a personal, intimate story of a family and whole nation, it's conveyed in a very reserved and distant way...