“Salvador Allende, o primeiro presidente socialista democrático eleito, também foi o meu avô. Trinta e cinco anos após o golpe de Pinochet, voltei para o Chile para procurar Chico (seu apelido de família), desejando deixar para trás sua imagem icônica e recuperar memórias dele e da nossa família.”
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A noble theme treated with respectful inquiry. The family album that unfolds humanizes the charismatic leader without though conceding the collective effervescence that his vision generated for the Chilean people. Simultaneously it becomes a little treatise on the ethics of interviewing as well as a gentle and funny homage to Chicho's filimic gags. Maybe it needed more care in the interview bits but it's a good film.
I have always been curious about family members of admired political figures, but none more perhaps than Salvador Allende’s. The film graciously avoids being melodramatic and is a gentle, heartfelt exploration of one’s own familial history. As outsiders, it is a privilege to hear these personal accounts, not only of Salvador, but Beatriz as well.
Wonderful film. The loss of Allende in 1973 was such a tragedy, both very public, and as we see here, very private. Allende's immediate family talk about their memories, often with considerable difficulty, not surprisingly. The process of making the film seems to have been healing for them, blessings to them all. El pueblo, unido, jamas sera vencido. The people, united, will never be defeated.
I couldn't imagine that a figure very known by the world could be a taboo to talk about for his family, which becomes understandable when thinking disasterous results of the coup. The journey taken during the film generates a confrontation for family to break this taboo. A great theme to watch.
3.5 Intimate portrait of an iconic and enigmatic political figure. Often films of public figures made by family members can be problematic and melodramatic. The director succeeded in walking this fine line, in contemplating the impact of the military bloody coup and his suicide/ assassination on several generation of family in his orbit, without diminishing his aura as a towering public figure.
Poor abuela was pushed beyond limits on matters she had spent half a lifetime holding sacred and inward.
How traumatising at the end for her to be made to speak her secrets, I felt a little comfort more would have been the least she could have got in return.
A fascinating mix of personal memories and the general state of a nation, this looks at someone who seemed to love, and want to make things better for, the people of Chile. But also looks at him as a family member, and as a confusing and complicated memory.