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Sol y viento, Prólogo:

First of all, Sol y viento is a film made by a book publisher–so this isn’t going to be Citizen Kane. It’s entertaining in its own way though and is a really useful source for a beginning student. The film begins with a Mapuche spiritual leader (the Machi) dishing about land, conflict, and harmony. She’s setting us up, okay? Because the whole thing is going to be about conflict, land ownership, and a little love action to keep the kids interested. Enter female lead María Sánchez, una antropóloga, and her hot stuff student Diego (“Es lindo, ¿no?”), who is not the male love interest of the film. That would be Jaime, or rather “James” as his Northern-European named bosses Johnson and Rassner call him. The last half of the episode focuses on those two white businessmen convincing “James” to rush to Chile to do their dirty work–strong arm a family winery into giving up their land. Sweet! How’s that going to turn out?

Most of the episode is in English, but it’s not a bad start to the whole thing. Though I have to say that there are two clumsy things here that are laughable…well, besides the general cheese of the film.

1. Dumb info dump. Jaime’s dialogue in the prólogo is all about setting up his internal conflicts to come: “I speak Spanish…I grew up around grapes and worked in a winery…I know nothing about Chile.” Couldn’t we have found all that out in a more interesting way? What happened to “show, don’t tell”?

2. Andy Johnson’s fist-pumping “yes!” when Jaime agrees to go. That is some class acting.

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