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  • Summary: It is one of the most astonishing and inspiring survival tales of all time. On October 13, 1972, a young rugby team from Montevideo, Uruguay, boarded a plane for a match in Chile—and then vanished into thin air. Two days before Christmas, 16 of the 45 passengers miraculously resurfaced. They had managed to survive for 72 days after their plane crashed on a remote Andean glacier. Thirty-five years later, the survivors returned to the crash site—known as the Valley of Tears—to recount their harrowing story of defiant endurance and indestructible friendship. Previously documented in the 1973 worldwide bestseller “Alive” (and the 1993 Ethan Hawke movie of the same name), this shocking true story finally gets the cinematic treatment it deserves. Visually breathtaking and crafted with riveting detail by documentary filmmaker (and childhood friend of the survivors) Gonzalo Arijon with a masterful combination of on-location interviews, archival footage and reenactments; Stranded is by turns hauntingly powerful and spiritually moving. (Zeigeist Films) Expand
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  1. A tale of horror, heroism, unimaginable physical challenges, and, yes, cannibalism, Stranded offers the kind of real-life drama that can't help but bring up notions of God, fate, and nature's imposing will.
  2. At just over two hours, Stranded is nonstop harrowing. It has cumulative power.
  3. 90
    Intimate, terrifying and positively riveting documentary.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Grueling yet ultimately exhilarating.
  5. 83
    Arijon's choice to film the survivors returning to the Andes with their children pays huge dividends, leading to an ending that puts the real meaning of their ordeal in moving terms.
  6. Gonzalo Arijón’s documentary offers an incontrovertible argument for the necessity of team spirit in the face of catastrophe.
  7. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    The film's length may well be intended to mirror the 72-day ordeal, but it's relentlessly wearing and lacking in nutritive fiber.

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  1. MarkS
    May 26, 2009
    Wow. This is not your typical survival tale at all. Sure, it has all the elements of a great tale--epic odds, unmentionable decisions, and being 100% true. This alone would make it riveting, and that's where most documentaries stop. But not this one. What haunts you. are the the survivors' amazing ability to articulate exactly what they felt, their inclusion of perfect morsels of detail, and the philosophical and spiritual insights that they share, are what make this story stand out. The cannibalism might draw you in, but that's not what you'll leave with at all. How often does a documentary teach you something about yourself? Expand
  2. PaulK.
    Jan 26, 2009
    One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. It blew me away. If you have an interest, you MUST see this film.
  3. MINTONmedia
    Nov 11, 2008
    Tremendously moving documentary, stirkingly similar in theme, location and gruling impact to 2004's memorable British mountain-climbing doc, TOUCHING THE VOID. Expand
  4. JayW.
    Nov 15, 2008
    Excellent blend of archival footage, interviews and stunning recreations. Long, but worth it.
  5. JayH
    Apr 22, 2009
    A remarkable documentary, amazingly well pieced together, flawlessly edited with the past and present. The interviews are excellent. Very well thought out, fascinating from start to finish. Expand