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A young American with left-wing leanings disappears in Pinochet's 1973 military coup in Chile. The young man's father, a highly conservative Republican, goes to look for him. Jack Lemmon's performance in this role, as a father who does not understand his son well, nor, at first, what is happening in Chile, nor the role of the US government, is quite brilliant. The terror of the coup is also very convincingly portrayed; without the need for abhorrent scenes of violence or torture we understand exactly what is going on.
An absorbing, truthful and highly impressive film about one of the nastiest of Latin America's 1970/80s dictatorships and the unfortunate involvement of the US at the time.
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