Too Late to Die Young
Location la: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Dominga Sotomayor. 2018, 110 mins. Digital projection. In Spanish with English subtitles. With Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro, Matías Oviedo. In the summer of 1990, mere months after Chile’s transition to democracy, a group of artists and their families have formed a makeshift commune nestled in the Andean foothills outside Santiago. Adolescents Sofía and Lucas, and 10-year-old Clara, struggle mutely with their broken or distant parents, first loves and infatuations, and the yearning to escape their situation, as preparations are made for a wistful New Year’s Eve gathering. A coming-of-age story shot through with nostalgia and yet pitched at a precisely oblique distance from its historical moment, Too Late to Die Young explores the unspoken desires and unregarded pains of young people with a form that simultaneously evokes Richard Linklater’s existential hangouts and Lucrecia Martel’s enigmatic studies of class delusion.