Cramming all Chile’s political woes into one family get-together isn’t the subtlest way to tackle the country’s still festering wounds, but that’s precisely the path Luis R. Vera takes in the overstuffed “Fiestapatria.” Obvious and far-too-polemical, this Dogma-inspired uber-drama wants to tackle class, ethnic and gender tensions alongside the residue of years of military dictatorship, but with each participant standing in for a POV, the pic devolves into a collection of cardboard characters. Local play will set off debate, but fests may be the sole takers further afield.
To celebrate the engagement of daughter Macarena (Adela Secall) to Alvaro (Tiago Correa), former military officer Antonio (Nelson Brodt) and sullen wife Isabel (Marcela Osorio) organize a weekend house party coinciding with independence day. When Alvaro’s uncle Ernesto (Patricio Contreras) reveals that Isabel was a former leftist political prisoner, all sorts of secrets rise, like noxious gases, to the surface. A subplot about Antonio’s abandoned daughter Lorena (Katty Kowaleczko) adds more weight to an already ponderous story, piled high with maltreated indigenous maids, duplicity and overall hypocrisy. Brownish, washed-out tonalities and an over-reliance on handheld camerawork don’t help lighten the load.