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A Feature film by Ricardo Larrain

Produced by Paraiso Production

Release in France : 26/04/2000


    Fernando, Isabelle and their son, Miguel, settle in Arica, a frontier town in Peru. They intend setting up an "adventure tourism" business. They find Guillermo, a childhood friend, living there. He directs fake television programmes which he sells to European stations. The couple's business prospers, but carried away by his enthusiasm, Fernando joins a powerful finance group of dubious repute. He sacrifices his family, his friends and their communal utopia of an "Independent Republic." Isabel is unwilling to be hostage to this new life. She leaves Fernando and makes her own way, for a time finding refuge in the love that Guillermo has always expressed for her. Inevitably, their ties are broken, and soon all that's left of the "Independent Republic" is the drawing that Miguel preciously protects in his bedroom.

    Actors (5)

    Production and distribution (4)

    Executive Producer :

    Paraiso Production

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    Media Luna

    Co-productions :

    Trans Film, Cartel S.A.

    French distribution :

    Mondo Films

    TV Broadcasts: Cumulative total

    TV broadcasts: details by country


    Contemporary Chilean cinema lacks a face. It is searching for its identity, while also striving for commercial status. I feel it is very alone, having no meaningful support from the Chilean authorities and no real market to guarantee its livelihood. Utopia is an unquenchable thirst for certainty and absolutes. I think it will never disappear.

    Ricardo Larrain, director (excerpt from press kit)

    Full credits (4)

    Sound Recordist :

    Marcos Aguirre (De)

    Editor :

    Danielle Fillios

    Screenwriters :

    Ricardo Larrain, Jorge Goldenberg

    Production Designer :

    Patricio Aguilar

    Technical details

    Feature film

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    Psychological drama

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    Coproducer countries :

    Chile, France

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    Nationality :

    Minority French (Chile, France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 45 min

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    Audio format :

    Dolby SRD

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