Review: The 33, 2015, dir. Patricia Riggen

“Patricia Riggen’s The 33 ends appropriately with a seaside reunion between its cast’s real-life counterparts: The cadre of Chilean miners who lived buried beneath a mountain for 69 days in the 2010 Copiapó mining calamity. One by one, Riggen introduces her audience to these men in a beautifully lit scene that pays homage to the strength of their spiritual bond. It’s a lovely, moving sequence that, by the quiet strength of its emotionalism, manages to underscore the film’s fakeness. The 33 is too wrapped up in its theatricality to maintain a sense of authenticity.” (Via Movie Mezzanine.)


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