Lena and Daniel, a young couple become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet's secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel. Based on true events.Written by
Colonia Dignidad was a real-life secret detention camp. See more »
After the meeting with the German ambassador Lena calls the Ritz hotel to contact the pilot of the Lufthansa crew she was member. But on the seventies there was no Ritz hotel in Santiago. The first one was opened in Las Condes neighborhood, far away from downtown in 2002. See more »
Why is he doing this? The whole place. I don't understand.
Because there is nothing to understand. He loves it. His power, the music, the little boys. It's his heaven on earth.
Did you really believe he was a man of God?
Of course. But not any more.
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I've been to the premiere at the Film Festival in Zurich and I was moved by the movie, not because of the love story, but because of the irrefutable truth. The movie left me thinking and researching about its topic: Colognia Dignidad, a cult in Santiago de Chile. It conjures many ethical questions and portrays what humanity is capable of. The movie grips and doesn't let go of you till the end. The contents is real, except for the love story that forms the golden thread. One has to imagine that the movie portrays the life and the ways of Colognia Dignidad almost like a documentary without felt exaggeration, but it is still a movie with a story. Superb acting by Emma Watson and Daniel Brühl made the movie an even more intense experience. The only criticism I can make is that the love story is average in comparison to the rest. I believe that the characters actions don't always make much sense. All in all, it's one of the best movies I've seen this year and cannot be compared with the commercial films normally shown in cinemas.
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