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  • Summary: Set in Santiago, Chile in 1973 (and based on filmmaker Andrés Wood's own childhood), Machuca is not just a political drama, but a poignant coming-of-age film. (Film Forum)
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 19
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  1. An astonishingly intimate and painful coming-of-age story.
  2. Machuca is a quiet film, moving sadly toward its inevitable climax, the final scenes a lesson in the methods by which the military restores order to a divided country.
  3. Tender, funny and smart, Machuca is that rare discovery, an incisive political parable that also succeeds as a drama of sharply drawn individuals.
  4. Reviewed by: Karen Heller
    Sweet, poignant, and winningly evocative of the period, though occasionally dogged by predictable scenarios and caricatures.
  5. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Wood's drama packs an emotional gut-punch that's all the more devastating for its being rooted in a dreadful historical reality.
  6. Machuca is still a half-measure. Wood is fastidious about period set design, but not much else; rather than burning with experience, the film feels opportunistic.

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  1. Oct 14, 2011
    Lovely film, well done and I have to say it, I am not a big fan of Chilean Movies but this is the best Chilean Film that I've ever seen. The story is so common in Chile and the actors are not brilliant but is worth seeing this movie. Expand

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