After Pinochet’s fall, three youngsters drive up to a woodland commune below the Andes. The trip finds them questioning their life in this gorgeous evocation of a Chilean summer.
Inspired by writer-director Dominga Sotomayor’s (Thursday Till Sunday, Mar) own experiences growing up in the alternative ecological community of Peñalolén, it sets its scene amid a group of adolescents living on a rural commune in the foothills of the Andes. Sixteen-year old Sofia (Demian Hernández) is intoxicated with the motorbike-riding Ignacio (Matías Oviedo) – much to the dismay of her friend, Lucas (Antar Machado); meanwhile, ten-year old Clara (Magdalena Tótoro) is more concerned with the whereabouts of her beloved dog. As they attempt to make sense of their own burgeoning desires and tangled relationships, in the background, their country is likewise maturing as it comes to terms with the end of decades of brutal fascist rule.
Named by many critics as Sotomayor’s best film so far, Too Late to Die Young is a subtly observed evocation of a time brimming with hope and trepidation, with cinematographer Inti Briones strikingly capturing the faded, sun-scorched hues of an endless summer.
“Though the social milieu it depicts is markedly different, the film is strikingly reminiscent of Call Me by Your Name in its nostalgia-tinged evocation of a bucolic haven for artists, intellectuals, and free spirits.” – PAUL O’CALLAGHAN, SLANT MAGAZINE