"el agent topo" goes to the oscars.

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"el agent topo" goes to the oscars.

Post by admin » Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:43 pm

Chile is sending more and more movies to the oscars every year.

this year is "el agent topo" for best documentary, but it is not really a documentary.

highly recommend. it is about an old retired guy, hired to by a private investigator as a "mole" and investigate abuse of the elderly in a retirement home. which this movie was written and produced before the pandemic, but was released right in the middle of all the deaths in retirement homes all over the world.

https://m.cooperativa.cl/noticias/entre ... 01024.html

well the actor is leaving chile for his first time today in his life, at 87 years old, on his way to the oscars in LA. the whole country is with him. I highly recommend reading what he wrote today at the bottom of that article, and seeing the movie.
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Post by admin » Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:50 pm

Even with limited spanish, and I have to admit watching films in Spanish is not my favorite thing, but many of Chile's movies are well worth watching. They are surprisingly easy to follow, when compared to a lot of other countries' spanish films that require a lot of subtle language and cultural background. The chilean films are kind if universal in themes. This is one of them.
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Post by admin » Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:59 pm

some other favorite chile films,

Mi Mejor Enemigo
https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0410316/

about two squads of soldiers on the boarder in Patagonia Argentina and chile during the 80s tension between the two countries.

Chile Puede
https://m.imdb.com/title/tt0867271/

The businessman who sends the first Chilean astronaut into outer space can't quite come up with the money to bring the adventurer back.

that becomes even funnier now that elon musk is sending people in to space. kind of slap stick comedy. one of the first chilean movies I ever watched.
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Post by Donnybrook2 » Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:20 am

The Mole Agent is a documentary but a new form of one. The detective was a real detective and there are no actors mixed in to the film. The original idea was dropped as they discovered a much more interesting story to tell.
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/s ... te-alberdi

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Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:28 am

I second and highly recommend both

"Mi Mejor Enemigo" and "Chile Puede"

this from a not 100% fluent Chile castellano person, I enjoyed both.

Also "Una Mujer Fantástica" even if you are not a fan of the transgender movement.

Also am partial to the comedies of San Antonio native Sergio Freire - "Barrio Universitario" (one scene filmed at the San Antonio branch of supermarket Carrera) and "Fuerzas Especiales".

I need to download "Agent Topo" when I find it on the torrents.
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Post by admin » Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:36 am

Donnybrook2 wrote:
Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:20 am
The Mole Agent is a documentary but a new form of one. The detective was a real detective and there are no actors mixed in to the film. The original idea was dropped as they discovered a much more interesting story to tell.
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/s ... te-alberdi
great article.

I would call it more of strange new hybred of documentary, crossed with drama, and reality TV. It really has its own genre thing going on.
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Post by admin » Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:41 am

You know what it reminds me of: the old animal kindom tv show

where they are telling a story about a family of say lions in africa, but they sort have to sit there with the camera and just wait for the pride of lions to do what the pride of lions is going to do, to get the footage to tell the story. like the producers know certain thing will eventually happen. like the lions will be born. the adults will have to feed the cubs, etc; but you don't know exactly how that is going to play out.
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Post by Donnybrook2 » Wed Apr 21, 2021 10:16 am

admin wrote:
Wed Apr 21, 2021 8:36 am
Donnybrook2 wrote:
Wed Apr 21, 2021 1:20 am
The Mole Agent is a documentary but a new form of one. The detective was a real detective and there are no actors mixed in to the film. The original idea was dropped as they discovered a much more interesting story to tell.
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/s ... te-alberdi
great article.

I would call it more of strange new hybred of documentary, crossed with drama, and reality TV. It really has its own genre thing going on.
Yes, that is why I think it really deserves that Oscar. It has taken the documentary film in a new direction. I also saw My Octopus Teacher and found it very disappointing (watched it before The Mole Agent). I haven't seen any of the other documentaries up for the Oscar.

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Post by admin » Fri Apr 23, 2021 4:21 pm

TVN is broadcasting agent topo tonight.

can not recall where I seen it, but think it is on netflix too.
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Post by admin » Sun Apr 25, 2021 9:37 pm

Agent topo is at the oscars tonight.
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Post by admin » Sun Apr 25, 2021 10:42 pm

they lost to a frigen octopus?
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Re: "el agent topo" goes to the oscars.

Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:54 am

Yes on Netflix with English subs.
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