El Edificio De Los Chilenos (2012)
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Critic Reviews for El Edificio De Los Chilenos
A chronicle of motherhood, mass resistance and the sacrifice of children. Candid, ironic and replete with raw feelings, the film vividly poses solemn questions about the price of struggle for dreams, but without ever quite relinquishing political hope.
Even though the first half of the film is a throwback to the freedom and optimistic bliss of childhood, by the end, it is clear just how much emotional taxation this created home asked of very young people.
A heartfelt tribute. . . participants thoughtfully and personally debate their choice. . .to protect their children in a utopia where they could grow up safe and socialist.
Even with its limited scope the film will appeal to serious-minded viewers interested in Leftist struggles.
What probably seemed obvious and familiar to director Macarena Aguiló, seems vague and confusing to us.
Audience Reviews for El Edificio De Los Chilenos
It is implied in the personally introspective documentary "The Chilean Building" that filmmaker Macarena Aguilo made it at least partially to tell her daughter about her own rather unusual childhood. That goes back to the Revolutionary Left Movement(MIR) in Chile during the 70's when Pinochet was in power which both of her parents were involved with. As a child, she was kidnapped by government forces to get to her father. After she is released, Macarena goes to live with her mother in Paris before she herself returns to Chile to join the struggle. That leaves Macarena and sixty other children in communal care, first in Belgium, then Spain, then Havana.
Just as I am heartened by the fact that there was resistance to Pinochet's tyranny, some of the participants, looking back from a more complicated time, have mixed feelings about their experiences being separated from their parents and regrets about what they might have missed. While some say they felt like they were abandoned, I think it was always meant to be temporary, as their parents were fighting for a better world for them to live in while they were kept safe in a revolutionary socialist day care. That sort of discussion is not helped by the movie not adequately identifying its subjects and the poor editing that allows scenes to linger. But I did like how the animation fit into the rest of the movie.
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