Chile is a country that is truly the loveliest home to come back to that is full of the indescribable force of talented individuals all across the nation. In a country that treasures arts and puts creative works as a priority, Chile has a numerous number of people in the line of this industry. In days gone by, Chilean cinema, on top of everything, had been one of the most highly valued and unforgettable works of art. It has been a much and dearly-loved dwellings to many art performers and practitioners. Many world-praised directors are born in the era when Chilean cinema was the talk of the town. When the whole country was going through a badly-formed political reformation, it was the turning point of sadly, not only the entertainment industry but almost all were affected so badly that it changed the whole world’s perspective of this particularly unique country to sourness.
The Chilean cinema had undergone critical situations where nothing could be saved anymore. When the period where politics had taken over every nook and cranny of the nation, nothing can ever go unnoticed by their parties, big or small. This climacteric period of time had been an unendurable and insufferable era that, for the most part of it, the entertainment and art industries had to live through every day.
The directors and filmmakers had lost ways and almost became brain-dead due to the restrictions in producing films. At that crucial time of politically driven and the dictatorship of governance, there were new laws and orders that art performers had to abide with. Those were days brutal censorships had been implemented. Many out-of-world art talents had been wasted, and directors’ voices had been closed shut as it means no freedom of speech was allowed, even in the portrayal of films, which over history has been a perpetual medium for everyone, including the oppositions to criticise the unfairness of the world.
Until the great country, Chile, had finally come out of the dictatorship of darkness, before they even found the light at the end of the tunnel, many directors had been ostracised. However, soon after, when democracy has been successfully restored throughout the entire country, a new shade of light became a sign of turning the situation into a brand-new leaf. After what had happened, fortunately, the directors and new talents have never forgotten to recolour the Chilean cinema, just like the olden days. Because of their unending efforts in creating and making endless memories in the multiple forms of art, we have so many impressively raw and jaw-breaking Chilean films that are worth every second of your time spent watching them.
The Motorcycle Diaries (2004)
A beautifully written script by José Rivera and brilliantly directed by Walter Salles, The Motorcycle Diaries tells a long journey of a 23-year-old Ernesto Guevara in his quest of an expedition by motorcycle. The main character is in his peak of youth years where everything unfolds before his eyes which then gives him a glimpse of the future. This film is directed around the magnificent landscape of Chile and other South American wide and beautiful demographics. As this film is solely focusing on Ernesto having a six-month journey on the road, he manages to witness a lot of disturbing situations and unfair distribution of wealth that have tragically impacted a part of the nation. This particular trip of his has also instilled a kind of different view he has towards the governing party. His radicalised way of thinking has been a great change towards the systemic law, which has triumphantly challenged the inequalities, repression and other biased thus treatments of politics. This film has more or less brought forward a number of issues that have been going around in the current events and what had happened in the past. Trying to be as discreet in its portrayal of the real world, this film has greatly deployed its initial purpose. A great Chilean coming-of-age film, this film is still relevant to this day.
Thursday Till Sunday (2012)
Quite a newly-produced film that has taken place in mostly Chilean vast areas, De Jueves a Domingo or Thursday Till Sunday, was released nine years ago under another coming-of-age film by Dominga Sotomayor Castillo. Despite being her first-ever debuting film, it then took a number one position in winning the Grand Prix of a world-known film festival. This film has been a very grappling journey because it plays a lot with waves of emotions. The whole movie tells about a seemingly happy family on a trip to their short getaway. During the long drive to get to the destination, the daughter of the couple has managed to uncover the ugly truth that her parents are on the verge of separation. Hostile arguments take place in the car while the siblings are pondering what might happen next once they get off at their dreamed destination. The whole landscape of this film that takes place mostly in the middle of the desert just reflects the girl’s feelings of constant and never-ending curiosity. The director filmed this without having the children read the whole script to capture the most authentic reactions of the young stars.
La Frontera (1991)
Directed by Ricardo LarraÍn, La Frontera is a brilliant film that portrays Ramiro, a passionate mathematics teacher of a high school who is a high-risk threat living in the midst of a dictatorship government. Being sent into exile for being politically insensitive, he is forced to build a brand new life in La Frontera. A place where nothing seems to be possible for living, he manages to turn his ill-fated life into a full blessing where he embraces the new change as a turning point of something better in his life. The isolation from bustling city life while being surrounded by the nature of the Chilean sea, he settles down with himself and tries to make peace with his inner self. This film has truly brought the importance of self-reflection into the light. Sometimes, it is not people’s affection that we crave; it is actually our true self.