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
The stadium where Daniel is abducted is supposed to be Estadio Nacional de Chile, but in the movie, it is the stadium Tomás Adolfo Ducó, which is the home of C.A. Huracán, a soccer team from Buenos Aires, Argentina. See more »
The German ambassador's Mercedes that takes the protagonists to the airport, is flying two German flags. In reality only one would be affixed to the car (on the side where the Ambassador or Charge d'Affaires is seated, behind the driver, not on the driver's side). See more »
[voice over original documentary footage]
Santiago de Chile, 1973. Politial riots have been destabilizing the entire country.
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O SACRED HEAD NOW WOUNDED
Performed by Gütersloh Boys Choir
Composed by Hans Leo Haßler, Johann Crüger, Johann Sebastian Bach
Lyrics attributed to Arnulf of Leuven
English translation by James Waddel Alexander
Arranged by Sigmund Bothmann See more »
This film tells the story of two German citizens who are in Chile under Pinochet dictatorship. They get locked up in a camp of a religious sect, and get mistreated, abused and tortured.
The story is super engaging, keeping me glued to the screen from start to finish! I applaud Lena's courage to go into the camp just to see her boyfriend, though it can also be argued that it is the silliest thing to do. It shows that love is blind, and rational decision is clouded by love. The conditions in the camp is horrible, made worse by the wicked headmaster who wrongly uses religion to control and abuse people. There is one scene that vaguely suggests sexual abuse, but it is so vague that I had doubts until the words appear at the end of the film.
The ending is super intense. I find myself grabbing onto my chair, leaning forward and simply hoping that things will work out. The desperation of the characters transmit through the screen to me, and I just hope so sincerely that they will make it.
I didn't expect such an intense adventure. I enjoyed watching 'Colonial" thoroughly.
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