Chile, 1976. Carmen heads off to her beach house to supervise its renovation. Her husband, children and grandchildren come back and forth during the winter vacation. When the family priest asks her to take care of a young man sheltering in secret, Carmen steps onto unexplored territories, away from the quiet life she is used to.
What can a film do when delivering the past to people of the present? Films' biggest strength in this regard is to evoke emotions from the audience for them to feel what it was like at the time through the combination of story and images. 1976 was three years into the Chilean dictator Pinochet's regime, and this film delivers the atmosphere of when it was 'normal' for the military government to monitor civilians. Carmen is a high-class, middle-aged housewife who visits her seaside cottage to spend her winter vacation. Being a woman who frequently volunteers at church, she helps a young man with a gunshot wound and gets tangled up in danger, which throws her life in the loop. This is a debut feature film by the famous Chilean actress Manuela MARTELLI as a director, and it is set in some politically dark times. However, the film does not overtly depict violence. Instead, the camera follows Carmen's rapid psychological change, showing the audience the social mood in which people lived under a military regime. (Sung MOON)
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