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Geneva
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posted 12 April 2008 01:30 PM      Profile for Geneva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
... saw this documentary on the 1972 Chile plane crash and its "cannibal" sequel, quite by accident on the public-TV Arte channel here in France,
and I strongly recommend it:
http://www.arte.tv/fr/connaissance-decouverte/andes/1950804.html

not sure what the title is in English, but it was awarded prizes at Sundance, so it exists

** found it, on IMDB in English:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1157720/

again, a very very impressive piece of investigatory reporting and film-making, human interest, and philosophical almost theological reflections on the limits of life and death and human society ...

The way these men describe what happened is simply remarkable. They seem to recall it so vividly and the words they use to convey feelings that an overwhelming majority of people cannot ever say they have experienced in such a way that you can understand it.

When the survivors are hit with an avalanche, the way they describe this near-death experience gives you a sense of what death might feel like. It is not far off when these men refer to their survival as coming back to life. The silence during the very sensitive and difficult parts is also very appropriate and effective.

Lastly, the survivors come at the experience from all angles. There is so much to think about in this film from the way they view life now to how being outside of civilization affects your mind to the ethical considerations of the cannibalism that these men chose to partake in.

"Stranded" is powerful, deep and rich with complexity. It was far and away worth the four years of effort and care that Arijon gave it. It is simply one of the best stories of human perseverance ever and the film conveys this with absolute accuracy.

[ 12 April 2008: Message edited by: Geneva ]


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M. Spector
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posted 12 April 2008 01:58 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I saw it on PBS not long ago. Great film.
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