Coronación

Coronación

Coronation

DVD - 2005 | Spanish
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A glum, middle-aged bachelor, Don Andres, is the heir of a formerly wealthy and respected Chilean family. Andres suffers from decadence and solitude. He hires young Estela in order to look after his abusive and almost crazy grandmother. The differences in class and age don't stop Andres from courting Estela, whose fiancé Mario tries to make some money off of his well-to-do rival. The suffocating atmosphere of the run-down mansion mimics the deterioration of the Bourgeoisie, and threatens Andres own mental state.
Publisher: [United States] : Cinemateca ; Chicago, IL : Distributed by Facets Video, [2005].
Edition: Full screen version.
ISBN: 9781565804685
1565804686
Branch Call Number: DVD-AD FOREIGN CORO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (140 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Coronation

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uncommonreader
Apr 07, 2015

Interesting and told with humour.

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BertBailey
Oct 01, 2012

Disregard the foolish synopsis on the DVD cover to this, about how "...differences in class and age don't stop Andrés from courting Estela." Nothing even remotely so drab: his interest in her is not especially sexual, let alone unbridled - or if it is, he accepts her refusal of his tepid advances with a shrug. There's sex where you least expect it in or outside of Don Andrés's run-down mansion outside Santiago, Chile's capital. You'll notice from the start some unique camera work, unusual yet flawless acting, and an odd but well-realized telling of a tale that only faintly relates to that tawdry synopsis. Donoso was Chile's greatest writer from the Latin American literary Boom of the 1960s, and this film gives us a strong taste as to why. He is merciless about Chile's decaying upper classes, who surround themselves with things of no value - as Don Andrés does with his antique canes. Even the promiscuity of his friend Carlos bewilders Don Andrés (Julio Jung), more than sparking any envy. Ultimately, the protagonist craves poetry in his life to overcome the void in his life, although in the fog he feels he inhabits he also seeks furtive sex in a dusty antique shop where he's after yet another cane to complete his collection. This story is not just about him, but about failure in everyone, including those in the lower classes who seek fulfillment through immediate passions and by subjecting themselves to opportunism and greed. Still, pathetic as he may appear, even Don Andrés is never a figure of scorn: as one of life's victims he deserves sympathy as much as Estela, who craves to be loved and to belong. Sympathy is also extended even to Don Andrés's mother, a half-demented, snarling old lady who is stuck in the past yet can see through the fables driving those mired in the present. Donoso means to unsettle and disturb, and to shatter complacency. For him, Hell is not other people, as Sartre claimed, since it lies within. Socrates' injunction that an unexamined life is not worth living leads only to the realization that accepting social conventions can only collide with personal fulfillment. Real satisfaction is an unachievable goal to be pursued through futile lusts and fixations on sticks, dreams of wealth and wishes of belonging. Beautifully realized on film in 2000 by director Silvio Caiozzi, who co-wrote the script with the author, this was once Latin America's most awarded movie. A dark but thought-provoking flick, strictly for adults.

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