A lasting friendship?
- Machuca review by RhysH
From the opening sequence of Gonzalo (Matias Quer) meticulously dressing for school in his pristine uniform to the first sight of the shanty-town kid, Pedro (Ariel Mateluna) with the hole in his jumper that he wears throughout the film, it is obvious that although the two worlds represented by these children will collide in friendship their relationship will not last, such is the huge gap in their social standing.
Set against the background of the Pinochet military coup of 1973 the friendship between the boys is a poignant reminder that there is only one winner in such conflicts, those who already have wealth and power.
Excellent performances from Matias Quer and Ariel Mateluna, they can only stare with wide-eyed knowing innocence as the horrific events unfold. Silvana (another excellent performance from Manuela Martelli) a little older and streetwise shows them the realities of life and introduces them to the delights of kissing with condensed milk lips.
Despite the awfulness of the situation it is a charming film and not without humour.
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