Several people from Copiapó, Chile, work in the San José mine. The owner ignores the warnings of the failing stability of the mine, which collapses a short time later. The only path inside the mine is completely blocked, and the thirty three miners manage to get to the rescue chamber. They discover that the radio is useless, the medical kit is empty, the ventilation shafts lacked the required ladders, and there was very little stored food. Mario Sepulveda becomes the leader of the miners, dividing the food in rations and stopping the outbursts of violence or despair. The mine does not attempt any rescue, and the relatives of the miners gather around the gates.
En novembre 1963, le journaliste Theodore H. White se rend à Hyannis Port dans le Massachusetts pour y interviewer Jacqueline Kennedy, ancienne Première dame des États-Unis. Elle lui raconte les détails des jours qui ont suivi l'assassinat de son mari, John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
The film is from the perspective of Gonzalo Infante, a privileged Chilean boy, during a time period in which the lower classes are politically mobilized, demanding more rights and forcing fundamental change. At the same time the upper middle class, including Gonzalo's own family, grow fearful of the growing socialist movement and plot against the country's elected president, Salvador Allende. Gonzalo's father, while sympathetic to the poor and not part of the right-wing movement, wants to leave the country to Italy, where he frequently travels for work, to avoid the Socialist policies. Sra. Infante is having an affair with a wealthy older gentleman, who gives Gonzalo gifts to keep him quiet. Gonzalo is sometimes bullied by his sister's boyfriend, who is a violent anti-Allende right-winger who uses nun-chucks to intimidate people. The family often buys products off of the black market, due to rationing and shortages.
Gloria (García) is a 58-year-old divorcée. Her grown son and daughter have their own lives. She meets Rodolfo (Hernández), seven years her senior who, like her, is seeking companionship, but he cannot give up his other relationships.
Marina, une jeune serveuse transgenre qui aspire à devenir chanteuse, développe une relation amoureuse avec Orlando, le propriétaire d'une imprimerie de 20 ans plus âgé qu'elle. Tous deux planifient leur avenir ensemble, mais Orlando meurt soudainement. Marina se voit contrainte d'affronter la famille d'Orlando et de se battre afin de prouver qu'elle est une femme forte, honnête et fantastique.
L'histoire de la traque du poète et sénateur communiste chilien Pablo Neruda en 1948 par le zélé et obstiné policier Oscar Peluchonneau. Mais ce policier n'est qu'un personnage de fiction, le film opposant, comme en miroir, les deux personnages principaux dans leur jeu du chat et de la souris.
Young Alejandro (Jeremías Herskovits) lives with his Jewish-Ukrainian parents Jaime (Brontis Jodorowsky) and Sara (Pamela Flores) in Tocopilla, Chile. Jaime is a communist who worships Stalin and raises his son with great severity. He plans to assassinate the right-wing president Carlos Ibáñez del Campo (Bastian Bodenhofer). To get close to Ibáñez, Jaime gets a job as groom to the president's beloved horse Bucephalus. But when Jaime has Ibáñez at gunpoint, his hands become paralysed. Jaime begins a long journey, is captured by Nazis and tortured. Rebels free Jaime and return him to his family in Tocopilla. Jaime's hands are healed when Sara tells him "You found in Ibáñez all you admired in Stalin. You are the same as they are! You have lived in the guise of a tyrant." Alejandro, Jaime, and Sara board a ship and leave Tocopilla.
Jamie, a footloose and self-absorbed young American, is traveling in Chile and is keen to experience the mysteries of a local hallucinogen — the mescaline-bearing San Pedro cactus. In a moment of indiscretion, he invites another young American, the eccentric "Crystal Fairy", to join him and his three Chilean companions, brothers who — with varying degrees of enthusiasm — also seek the magical herb. To the dismay of all four men, the New Age-addled young woman — now dubbed "Crystal Hairy" — joins them on their road trip, and soon everyone's patience is stretched thin. The desired plant is acquired through a hasty theft and the heartfelt experiences that they all undergo under its psychotropic influence on a remote desert beach bring them closer together. By the end they are all more sympathetic and tolerant of their individual personality differences.
Nostalgia for the Light opens with a view of a telescope and images of our moon. The narrator, Patricio Guzmán, describes how he came to love astronomy and begins to remember his childhood where “only the present moment existed.” Soon, Chile became the center of the world as astronomers and scientists flocked to Chile to observe the universe through the thin and clear skies. We next see Guzmán walking in the Atacama Desert, a place with absolutely no moisture, so much so that it resembles the surface of Mars. This desert, and its abundance of history, becomes the focus of the documentary. Because of how dry it is, the desert hosts the untouched remains of fish, mollusks, Indian carvings, and even mummified humans.
Three travelers, Gringo, Ariel, and Pollo travel through Chile. They party in a club and meet three young women, sisters Monica and Kylie, and their Russian friend Irina. The two groups pair up and decide to travel down to Valparaiso together.
Four retired Catholic priests share a secluded house in a small Chilean beach town, under the vigilant gaze of a female caretaker. The four men are there to discreetly purge their sins and crimes (ranging from child abuse to baby-snatching), until their routine is disrupted by a fifth man who makes them relive the past they thought they had left behind.
Quatre amies visitant une localité rurale du Chili, sont brutalement attaqués par un homme et son fils. N'ayant pas trouvé d'aide dans la ville, elles décident d'affronter ces hommes avec l'aide de deux policiers.
Tano, adolescent turbulent, est envoyé dans le sud du Chili, chez son père qu’il n’a pas vu depuis plusieurs années. Au lycée, il fait la connaissance de Cheo, jeune garçon timide d’origine mapuche, malmené par les autres élèves. Ils se lient d’amitié, chacun apprenant à dépasser ses difficultés grâce à l’autre. Si Tano canalise progressivement sa colère, Cheo quant à lui trouve la force de revendiquer son identité amérindienne. Tous deux s’impliquent alors dans la défense du territoire Mapuche...