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The Penal Colony (1970)
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The Penal Colony (1970)
Original name: La colonia penal
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 75 min.
Story: A foreign journalist arrives on a small Pacific island 200 miles off the coast of South America. Once a leper colony, the island was later transformed into a prison and then, under U.N. mandate, made into an independent republic. Yet despite democratic structures, the inhabitants--who speak a strange dialect composed of Spanish and English--still obey the old prison rules. After sending back detailed accounts of the torture and repression seen everywhere, the journalist realizes that she"s fallen into the trap created for her by the islanders: lacking natural resources, the island"s main export is news. The clearest anticipation of Ruiz"s later European work, The Penal Colony is a powerful document of the tensions and contradictions in Chile in the months before Allende"s electoral victory.
Plot: dictator, torture, journalist, president, penal colony, absurdism, military dictatorship, prison visit
Place: chile

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Tres tristes tigres (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A rambling portrait of Chilean society.
Plot: drunkenness, urban setting, striptease, alienation, fight, handheld camera, cynicism, beating, money, brother sister relationship, kicked in the face, language ...
Place: santiago chile, chile, santiago de chile
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Julio Begins in July (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 120 min.
Story: This is the story of a teenager at the turn of the century in the conservative higher classes of Chile and the initiation rites in his society.
Plot: coming of age, teenage prostitute, landowner, machismo, patriarch, teenager, history of chile, boy
Place: chile
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What Is to Be Done? (1972)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Mordant, self-aware, freighted with sensitivity toward Chile’s problem, wary of caricature, disposed toward consciousness of human fallibility, it is a deft blend of fiction and documentary set in the tumultuous days leading up to the election of ...
Plot: female director, cia, ugly american, drunkenness, kidnapping, political rally, election, demonstration, marxist, communist, revolutionary, assassination ...
Place: chile, south america
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In the Shadow of the Sun (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Two thieves wander in the chilean desert and finally get to a small town near Bolivia. There, they try to include themselves with the townspeople but their instincts betray them and tragedy ensues. Based on a true story, this film opened one year ...
Plot: desert, escaped convict, indigenous people, rape, thief, prison escape
Time: 1940s
Place: chile
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Cirqo (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Two prisoners escape execution by the police and become successful circus clowns in Pinochet's Chile.
Plot: clown, escaped prisoner, military dictatorship, circus
Time: 70s
Place: chile
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66%
Days in the Country (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In a bar in Santiago, two old men talk over their past. This is a strange discussion. In fact, they talk of themselves as if they were dead. We don't know what is true or false, what is dream or reality.
Plot: nostalgia, melancholy, country house, countryside, memory, writing, poem, country estate, old man, estate, cafe, folklore ...
Place: chile
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He Hated Pigeons (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, Chile
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Love is everything with a young man journey's from the north to south of Chile to fulfill a promise.
Plot: road trip, female director, gay, pickup truck, truck
Place: chile
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Amnesia (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Dreaming of a better life, a young woman leaves her country home and moves to the city where she only finds trouble.
Plot: shot in the hand, wedding anniversary, soldier, rainy night, burnt body, escape, political prisoner, sergeant, garlic, fish, military, dictatorship ...
Place: chile
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Professor Taranne (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 52 min.
Story: Professor Taranne, a conceited university Professor, is subject to several absurd and disquieting incidents from the world surrounding him. He is being accused of things he couldn't have been doing. He starts doubting himself - a self that ...
Plot: university professor, professor, plagiarism, accusation, lecturer, absurdism
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Chile
Duration: 80 min.
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Time: year 1990
Place: chile
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Imagen latente (1987)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Directed by Pablo Perelman.
Plot: photographer, haunted by the past, missing person, insecurity, death, missing, dysfunctional marriage, political repression, physical abuse, abuse of power, confusion, political prisoner ...
Time: 80s
Place: santiago chile, chile, santiago de chile
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Voto + Fusil (1971)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 70 min.
Story: The political evolution in Chile seeing from three different times: 1937, 1947 and 1970. A film that shows how a revolution cannot be accomplished by electoral means, and how the wealthy class will always attempt to destroy that revolution, with the ...
Plot: politics, communism, presidential election, marxist, communist party, communist, assassination, bourgeoisie, coup d'etat, national anthem, birthday, left wing ...
Time: year 1947, year 1970, year 1937
Place: chile, latin america
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A Long Journey (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile, Argentina
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A child from the slums of Santiago tours the city.
Style: neorealism
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Antonia (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Antonia, a young, beautiful, intelligent and successful executive, is in deep depression, she's dealing with an unwanted pregnancy from his previous relationship with his partner Sebastian, a young and dreamer, renowned photographer, who will ...
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Place: chile, santiago chile
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37%
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The Illiterate (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Ximena is illiterate; Jacqueline reads to her. Everything except a letter hidden under a wooden Buddha that Ximena won’t let her read. To know what it says, Ximena must learn to read. As Ximena learns, their relationship, thorny at first, becomes ...
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Sara (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Journalist Sara has just spent four months completing an in-depth investigation piece. Her editor-in-chief, afraid of offending powerful politicians and business moguls, refuses to run it. Sara’s boyfriend, who works for the same magazine, chooses ...
Plot: journalist, coming of age, prostitute, childhood sexual abuse, child sexual abuse, sex scene, prostitution, police station, sex
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36%
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Chile, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Chilean exiles in Paris discuss the problems facing them. They kidnap and attempt to re-educate a touring singer from their fatherland.
Plot: exile, singer, dishonesty, guitarist, dialogue driven, politics, radical, anti fascist, talking to the camera, refugee, absurdism, revolutionary ...
Time: 70s
Place: paris france, chile
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 75 min.
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Country: Chile
Duration: 90 min.
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Duration: 97 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Chile
Duration: 97 min.
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Duration: 100 min.
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Country: Italy, Switzerland, Iraq
Duration: 118 min.
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Place: chile
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Country: France, Portugal
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Exiled in America (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
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Gloria mundi (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 130 min.
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