11 - La Flaca Alejandra (1994) - 7.5/10
- Carmen Castillo was captured along with other resistance members in Chile in 1974. She was tortured, but eventually sent into exile. The film centers around her conversations with a woman who was part of her group, but broke under torture by the secret police and identified other members who were subsequently arrested, tortured, and often killed. We get a bit of history about the secret police and their methods and also meet a couple of other survivors.
12 - Un hombre aparte (2001) - 6.5/10
- Ricardo Liaño is a former boxing promoter who is getting close to 80 years of age. The film follows Liaño as he tries to implement his big plan to make a million dollars through his youth anti-drugs campaign. It's really more of a fantasy, but he is oblivious to it.
13 - El pejesapo (2007) - 5.5/10
- The film deals with people who are marginalized in society, centering on a man named Daniel. Daniel is seemingly homeless, sometimes suicidal, and perhaps a bit mentally ill. He eventually goes in search of a job without success. It's not bad for what it is and what it sets out to do, but I didn't really care much about Daniel or most of the people that he met.
14 - Gloria (2013) - 7.5/10
- Gloria is a 58 year old woman who lives in an apartment by herself. She has been divorced for some time and her kids are grown so she starts going to singles parties/discos in search of companionship. She starts a relationship with an older man named Rodolfo who was an officer in the Navy. Things go fairly well, but he seems to be at the beck and call of his adult daughters. The movie doesn't have a lot of action/excitement necessarily, but the relationships are fairly well drawn and i enjoyed it.
15 - Johnny 100 Pesos (1993) - 7.5/10
- Johnny is a 17 year old who gets involved with a group of four criminals who try to rob a money laundering operation that uses a video club in an apartment building as cover. Things don't go according to plan and they end up trapped in the place they tried to rob with hostages while the police and media have the building surrounding. The media escalates things further by tracking down and interviewing Johnny's family and friends. It was pretty good.
16 - The Club (2015) - 6/10
- A secluded seaside village is the home of four disgraced Catholic priests who have been sent here as a sort of penance for their sins. A former nun runs the house and watches over them. I really couldn't get into this one, though I can see why others might like it. I mostly thought that it was dull.
17 - The Maid (2009) - 7.5/10
- Raquel has worked as a maid for a moderately wealthy family for the past 20 years and is turning 41. Recently, she has become more sullen and withdrawn while going about her duties. The family decides to bring in another maid to help, but Raquel plays pranks on her and makes life miserable for the new maid. Other maids follow with similar results until the right one comes along.
18 - Tres tristes tigres (1968) - 5/10
- A brother and sister run into each other and go out drinking with a stranger. Much alcohol is consumed. It wasn't a very interesting film.
19 - Tony Manero (2008) - 7/10
- Raúl is a 52 year old man who is obsessed with the character of Tony Manero from Saturday Night Fever. He's got a replica of Travolta's suit from the film and plans on entering a televised talent contest in the role. He's not really a nice guy, though women seem to dig him, and isn't above getting violent to further his obsession.
20 - Violeta Went to Heaven (2011) - 8/10
- This biopic tells the story of Chilean folk singer, Violeta Parra. In the film, she is taking part in a televised interview with flashbacks to her childhood and other parts of her life. I didn't know anything about her going in, but I enjoyed the story and the music. Francisca Gavilán does a great job as the adult Violeta.
21 - La expropiación (1974) - 3.5/10
- Chile is undergoing agrarian reform during the Allende years and the state is taking over large farms. One landowner is willing to hand over his property without a fuss and leave the country, but the people who work for him aren't happy about this. There are long discussions about expropriation and other political issues and the film is very boring.
This gets me to bronze on the CineChile list. I do have two more films from the list that I plan to watch, but probably won't be watching much else for this challenge. I'll be switching over to the loads of noirs that I have lined up. If I have extra time at the end of the month, I may take a look at the Cinema Tropical lists. There were some nice films on the CineChile list that I enjoyed, but also a number of films that weren't all that interesting.
1 - The Battle of Chile: Part I (1975) - 7/10
2 - The Battle of Chile: Part II (1976) - 7/10
3 - The Battle of Chile: Part III (1979) - 7/10 - Chile
4 - The Moon in the Mirror (1990) - 5.5/10 - Chile
5 - Largo Viaje (1967) - 8/10 - Chile
6 - En la cama / In Bed (2005) - 5/10 - Chile
7 - Historias de fútbol (1997) - 6/10 - Chile
8 - The Life of Fish (2010) - 7/10 - Chile
9 - El Chacal de Nahueltoro (1969) - 5.5/10 - Chile
10 - Nostalgia for the Light (2010) - 7.5/10 - Chile