Too Late to Die Young

Democracy comes back to Chile during the summer of 1990. In an isolated community, Sofía (16), Lucas (16), and Clara (10), face their first loves and fears, while preparing for New Year's Eve.
June 2019
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Too Late to Die Young

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Director: Dominga Sotomayor


2018, Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, and Qatar, 110 minutes, Digital, NR

Language: In Spanish with English subtitles

Distributor: KimStim

Program Notes

During the summer of 1990 in Chile, a small group of families lives in an isolated community right below the Andes, building a new world away from the urban excesses, with the emerging the freedom that followed the recent end of the dictatorship.

In this time of change and reckoning, 16-year-olds Sofía and Lucas, and 10-year-old Clara, neighbors in this dry land, struggle with parents, first loves, and fears, as they prepare a big party for New Year’s Eve. They may live far from the dangers of the city, but not from those of nature.

AWARDED BEST DIRECTOR at the Locarno Film Festival

Critics' Praise

“A satisfying sensorial work, unmistakably grounded in independent South American cinema.”
— Jay Weissberg, Variety

Captain Fantastic meets Lucrecia Martel in a stunning tale of growing up in small moments.”
— Eric Kohn, IndieWire

Too Late to Die Young pulls off the rare feat of capturing the natural ebb and flow of community life while isolating certain characters within that melee.”
— Sophie Monks Kaufman, Little White Lies

“It’s a coming-of-age story for both its young characters and the country they’re in, presenting a collective portrait of a society coming to terms, often messily, with the new opportunities around them.”
— Josh Slater-Williams, Sight and Sound

“A lovingly textured addition to the coming-of-age genre.”
— Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter

“Though the social milieu it depicts is markedly different, the film is strikingly reminiscent of Call Me by Your Name in its nostalgia-tinged evocation of a bucolic haven for artists, intellectuals, and free spirits.”
— Paul O’Callaghan, Slant Magazine

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