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Spider: The Happy Cyst of Eden

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Spider: The Happy Cyst of Eden


Spider, the new film directed by Andres Wood (Soccer Stories, Machuca), proposes to scrutinize the origins of Homeland and Freedom focusing on three sociopaths who contrast between yesterday's previous military coup in Chile and now, capitalist neoliberal society.

Addressing the creation of the right-wing nationalist front, in Spider we met a high class couple, formed by Inés (María Valverde in the past and Mercedes Morán in the present) and Justo (Gabriel Urzúa and Felipe Armas). Both are fully involved since the genesis of the group led by Pablo Rodríguez Grez.

Luckily, by chance, in the middle of a photography session of a 1971 beauty contest, both summon a declassed and violent guy named Gerardo (Pedro Fontaine and Marcelo Alonso), who joins his paramilitary ranks.

The hows and whys do not seek to be portrayed in a biographical way, although the story makes it clear that a first incentive is Gerardo's sexual attraction towards Inés, while the center of the story of Spider it moves based on the break between that past and the present cyst that wants to bury it.

In the now, Ines is an outstanding piece of the country's socio-political power gear, a member of an important board of directors and that has links with some of the most powerful people in the country. That allows him to enter, like Peter, through his house to the psychiatric hospital to which the old and alcoholic Gerardo is transferred, after he reappears publicly carrying out a citizen detention in which he kills a spear.

The drama of Spider It revolves around the fact that Gerardo should not be anywhere, since he supposedly died before the beginning of the dictatorship, and his present behind bars is established with a sway of what he did more than 35 years ago. Hence, without the latter knowing, Inés plays his chips to keep him locked up and, hopefully, the truth of his actions during Popular Unity does not come to light.

Spider It is not just the history of Homeland and Freedom, since that is the backdrop to portray these three infamous people. In yesterday, they were partners – not partners – marked by a love triangle. Of course, not even that tested his political actions to destabilize the country. But in the now, only two obtained the revenue, while the other is adrift, apparently without a new crusade. And before the end of the story, they take the veil out of their contemporary actions.

Spider It is a new proof of the remarkable pulse of Andrés Wood as director, enhanced by the work of Andrea Chignoli in the edition and the remarkable level of his production, especially in what concerns the work of art direction of Rodrigo Bazaes and the photography of Miguel Littin Menz.

All the pieces of his gear, obviously including his cast, contribute to defining this to be a slap rooted in the past that hits the present, which at most is capable of calling a guy like Gerardo de Nazi. More importantly, it puts a yesterday on the table that can be submitted again.

That is completely defined by the heartless resolution of this story, in which the cyst comes to the surface violently, to become an eight-legged cancer that buries the happy copy of Eden.

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