Movie Review – This Is Cristina (Ella es Cristina)

This Is Cristina (Ella es Cristina) Chile (2019) Dir. Gonzalo Maza Friendship. It is something that is supposed to last forever but we know this isn’t true. People change, circumstances change and not every relationship is built to survive these upsets in life. Those that do should be cherished, those that don’t, any mistakes made … Continue reading Movie Review – This Is Cristina (Ella es Cristina)

Ema

Ema (Cert 15) VOD (Distributor: MUBI) Running Time: 107 minutes approx. Motherhood is never easy but then again, it is not something that can be prepared for, only advised about, and supported through. Mistakes will be made, some can be rectified, others will have consequences, unless there is a way back. Ema (Mariana Di Girolamo) … Continue reading Ema

A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica)

A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica) Chile (2017) Dir. Sebastián Lelio  LGBT films are starting to gain traction within mainstream cinema although they are far from being accepted as mainstream. This powerful Chilean film might be the one history will recognise as kicking the biggest hole in the door that has kept this subgenre on … Continue reading A Fantastic Woman (Una Mujer Fantástica)

Redeemer

Redeemer Chile (2014) Dir. Ernesto Díaz Espinoza We’ve seen Martial Arts heroes arise from all corners of the globe over recent years and now it is Chile’s turn, as genre director Ernesto Díaz Espinoza teams up with martial artist and stuntman Marko Zaror to bring us this action packed and rather gruesome tale of vengeance … Continue reading Redeemer

The Club (El Club)

The Club (El Club) Chile (2015) Dir. Pablo Larraín Groucho Marx famously once said “I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member” when resigning from the Friar's Club of Beverly Hills. I open this review with a witty riposte since this latest film from Chilean provocateur Pablo Larraín … Continue reading The Club (El Club)

Los Debutantes

Los Debutantes Chile (2003) Dir. Andrés Waissbluth The multi-perspective narrative is a difficult one to pull off even for a skilled filmmaker. For every Rashomon - arguably the granddaddy of this technique - plenty collapse under the weight of the keeping the multiple strands alive. To try this in your debut film is bold but … Continue reading Los Debutantes

A Map For Love (Mapa Para Conversar)

A Map For Love (Mapa Para Conversar) Chile (2012) Dir. Fernández Constanza Parental approval - we all want it but some of us don’t get it because of our lifestyle choices or sexual proclivities, the latter being one the more pertinent reasons for many especially when there is a generational gap causing a rift. This … Continue reading A Map For Love (Mapa Para Conversar)

Gloria

Gloria Chile (2013) Dir. Sebastián Lelio Of the few films I have seen from Chile, there has been a heavy political theme running through them, quite understandable since the country was under a military dictatorship for many years, with artists now free to tell their stories and offer opinions free from censure. Sebastián Lelio’s Gloria … Continue reading Gloria

Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman

Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman (Cert 15) Distributor: Clear Vision -  Running time: 73 minutes approx. A young club DJ Santiago Fernández (Matías Oviedo) works for an Argentinean gangster Che Longana (Jorge Alis), who has put a bounty on his ex-girlfriend and bounty hunter known only as The Machine Gun Woman … Continue reading Bring Me The Head Of The Machine Gun Woman

NO

  NO Chile (2012) Dir. Pablo Larraín In 1988 Chilean military dictator General Augusto Pinochet had been in power for fifteen years but after much international and national pressure, he agreed to hold a referendum to decide his future as the country’s leader. The Chilean people were given just two options – “YES” and “NO”. … Continue reading NO