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A Peek at Recent Chilean Cinema

20 Aug, 2013 By: Angelique Flores

Last year’s No, starring Gael García Bernal, garnered much critical acclaim, becoming the first Chilean film to be nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. I had seen director Pablo Larraín’s other film, Tony Manero (a good and most creepy drama), and so I was curious about another recent film from Chilean director and writer Sebastián Silva (The Maid).

Silva’s Magic Magic, recently released on DVD from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, takes place in Chile and stars an interesting cast: Emily Browning, Juno Temple, Michael Cera, Agustín Silva (Sebastián’s brother) and Catalina Sandino Moreno (Maria Full of Grace).

The film is beautifully shot, and the acting without any complaints here. But to be honest, I’m still scratching my head on this one. It’s a thriller with some sorta creepy parts that might seem mysterious and nefarious, but in the end are not. On top of that, the characters are mostly pretty unlikable too.

So onward with my quest for more good Chilean films.


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