• Machuca (2004)


Release Date: 2004

Not Yet Rated |2 hr 1 min

Plot Summary

Pedro (Ariel Mateluna), who comes from modest means, gets a free ride to an elite Catholic boarding school run by the forward-thinking Father McEnroe (Ernesto Malbran). Gonzalo (Matías Quer), one of the wealthy boys at the school, quickly takes a shine to Pedro, and the two become fast friends. But as the boys spend more time with one another, their relationship is strained by the turbulent social and political upheaval happening in their native Chile.

Cast: Matías Quer, Ariel Mateluna, Manuela Martelli, Aline Küppenheim, Federico Luppi, Ernesto Malbran, Tamara Acosta, Francisco Reyes

Director: Andrés Wood

Genres: Drama

Production Co: Tornasol Films S.A.

Keywords: 1970s, Friendship, Growing up, Best friend, Mother, Father, Intense, Moving

Ratings & Reviews

  • 80
    Michael RechtshaffenThe Hollywood Reporter

    Packs a quiet wallop. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Tender, funny and smart, Machuca is that rare discovery, an incisive political parable that also succeeds as a drama of sharply drawn individuals.

  • 75
    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Sweet, poignant, and winningly evocative of the period, though occasionally dogged by predictable scenarios and caricatures. show more

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