The film tells the story of a teenager of the Chilean upper class of the early twentieth century, Julio, and the ritual initiation phase which every boy must go through to meet social accepted canons of maturity. His father Julio García del Castano, organised a party to celebrate his son’s fifteenth birthday inviting the town’s prostitutes. Julio becomes obsessed with one of them, causing the central conflict of the film, which aims to portray the social differences between the various existing social classes in Chile during this time period.
This film contextualises the still existing social class differences in Chile as we saw in the film La Nana, differences present in many South American countries. It also portrays the ‘machismo’ present in all South American countries, the strong sense of masculine pride and denigration of characteristics associated with the feminine. A classic film considered to be one of the best Chilean movies.
Directed by Silvio Caiozzi, Chile 1976. Runtime 120 mins
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