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A Fantastic Woman

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Sebastián Lelio’s extraordinary wonderful new movie gets to the very core of Chilean society’s inbred homophobia and transphobia that threatens the very existence of Marina  (Daniela Vega) the protagonist simply because they resent the very fact that she had been the light of her dead lover’s life.  The movie opens with 57-year-old Orlando (Francisco Reyes) getting ready … Continue reading



Cola De Mono

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  It’s an unbearably hot Santiago Christmas Eve 1986 in those pre-tech days before cellphones were invented and  when families still had to talk to each other. However Borja (Cristóbal Rodríguez-Costabal) ‘s family don’t.  Well not very much.  He’s a precocious teenager about to turn 17 and obsessed with movies especially the stack of obscure … Continue reading



Forgotten Roads : a brilliant new queer Chilean drama

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  Despite all the problems in the world, 2020 has seen a remarkable crop of such excellent queer debut feature films from first time directors/writers.   Forgotten Roads from Chilean filmmaker Nicol Ruiz Benavides is right up there amongst them. Kudos for both his script and his visual interpretation but especially for the sublimely nuanced  performance … Continue reading



Igloo aka Iglu

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Diego Ruiz has probably the largest soulful looking eyes I have seen on the screen for a long time. In the opening scene of the movie that he directed/wrote and starred in, he is all of a twitch as he is trying to persuade his neighbor, an agoraphobic Therapist, to write him a prescription for … Continue reading




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