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La Frontera Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

High school math teacher Ramiro Orellana somehow managed to run afoul of the military government in Santiago, and he has been classified as politically unreliable. Rather than go to the expense of locking him up, since he's not considered to be a definite threat to their regime, the rulers have chosen the relatively benevolent course of sentencing him to internal exile. As a result, he is uprooted from his comfortable but friendless city existence, and finds himself in a village which has rebuilt itself after being destroyed by a tidal wave a generation ago. Despite suffering from a campaign of harassment by one of the local officials, Ramiro gradually comes to know the villagers and comes to appreciate the splendid and dangerous qualities of the natural environment. He even has an honest romantic relationship with the daughter of an exiled Spanish republican; while they care for one another, neither one wants to relinquish their autonomy in a marriage. All in all, his exile turns out to be the best thing that has ever happened to him. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Berlin International Film Festival Ricardo Larrain Silver Bear, outstanding debut film 1992 Winner
Berlin International Film Festival Ricardo Larrain Silver Bear for Outstanding Individual Performance 1992 Winner

Cast

Patricio Contreras
as Ramiro Orellana
Patricio Bunster
as Don Ignacio
Elsa Poblete
as Elsa
Daniela Romo
Fernando Allende
Eugenio Morales
as Assistant Driver

Crew

Ricardo Larrain
Director
Ricardo Larrain
Screenwriter
Jorge Goldenberg
Screenwriter
Claudio Martinez
Editor
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