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 »
When Lena and Daniel are driven to the airport near the end of the movie several large buildings show multiple Satelite-Dishes on their roofs - private sat-receivers were not in use in the seventies. 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 »
Yes, somehow "Refreshing" seems to be the wrong word as a summary for such a movie. But, after a day in (my) work - after trying to convince other people at my working place for years to live a more solidarity, more human way with colleagues, by trying that, showing over years a good role model by myself. And yesterday, going out of the working place with the knowledge that nothing has helped - my colleagues still only interested in their own careers, without any empathy for the weak. Nothing can be changed in peoples hearts and minds after they have grown out of their childhood. And then, living in Europe, and recognizing that all politics - from left to right - get's sick and more xenophobic from day to day with the refugee-crisis fueled by inhuman politics... Yes, then such a movie is terrible refreshing. Here a writer, a director, a camera man, a cast prove that at least they care. If I would have a daughter like Emma Watson or a son like Daniel Bruhl I would be immensely proud. Yes it is acting. But, never-the-less you can see and feel - both of them care. It is highly sensible acting. A political statement in itself. Very glad, that my day ended with that relief. There are still some people out there, who care. Thanks, for that great movie. Thanks, for hope.
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