Writer and director Dominga Sotomayor Castollo’s near plotless autobiographical dream piece lays bare her memories of underdevelopment and the blush of first love during the downfall of dictator Augusto Pinochet. It’s 1990, and 16-year-old Sofia (Demian Hernández) joins her father, who — along with several other refuge-seeking families — is looking to escape the tyranny by forming a commune situated just below the Andes. Those who come down on the film for it’s at-times facile approach to the political climate need to be reminded that this is more a tale about growing up told from a teenager’s point-of-view and less a political discourse on the times. (For the latter, one need look no further than Pablo Larrain’s “unintentional trilogy” on the Pinochet regime.) Sofia’s relationship with her occasional boyfriend Lucas (Antar Machado) is put to the test with the arrival of new-stud-on-the-block Ignacio (Matías Oviedo). The romantic triangle, and the overall sense of doom that hangs over it, was what got me through this one. (2018) — Scott Marks
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