Here are several noteworthy and popular Chilean films recommended to me. I list them in no particular order:
Released in 2004, this film shows Chile in 1973 (year of Pinochet’s coup) through the eyes of a young boy.
You can watch Machuca on Google Video:
A martial arts film from 2006, Kiltro features Chilean-born stuntman Marko Zaror.
See Kiltro‘s movie trailer:
Read more about Kiltro on IMDb.com.
Promedio Rojo is a comedy from 2004 that revolves around a high school boy’s trials and reality of his life.
Watch the first 8 minutes:
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Official site: www.promediorojo.com
Read about Promedio Rojo on IMDb.com.
Mi Mejor Enemigo
This 2005 film takes the viewer back to the 1970’s when Chile and Argentina were on the verge of war over a border dispute in Southern Chile and shows how the young soldiers on the front interacted with each other.
Read about Mi Mejor Enemigo on IMDb.com.
La Sagrada Familia
In this 2004 film, a boy’s girlfriend comes to visit his well-to-do and traditional family at their beach house and turns things upside down.
Read about La Sagrada Familia on IMDb.com.
Caluga o Menta
This 1990 film follows members of Chile’s lower class during the country’s transition from dictatorship to democracy.
Read about Caluga o Menta on IMDb.com.
Se Arrienda (2005) is the story of an aspiring composer whose life doesn’t turn out quite like he was planning.
Read about Se Arrienda on IMDb.com.
A 1967 film, Largo Viaje is a classic Chilean film that will give you insights into Chile via the life of a little boy living during this time.
Read about Largo Viaje on IMDb.com.
Read a review of Largo Viaje (in Spanish).
Taxi Para Tres
Taxi Para Tres (2001) is a film about a taxi driver who is forced to accompany some crooks as they make their rounds.
Read about Taxi Para Tres on IMDb.com.
This 2003 film tells the story of coal miners in 1897 who try to improve their lot in life.
Read about Sub Terra on IMDb.com.
La Frontera (1991)
An exiled teacher is sent to a southern Chile town in which tidal waves often strike, but is where he falls in love with a local girl.
Read more about La Frontera on IMDb.com.
Do you have a favorite?
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