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Stranded: I’ve Come From a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains

A redundant, overlong documentary
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 11, 2008
2.0 2.0 Stars


The story has been told already, and vividly, in Piers Paul Read's Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors. Not to mention Frank Marshall's 1993 movie adaptation. So there's something redundant about Gonzalo Arijón’s overlong documentary.

It offers, through talking-head interviews and sometimes dubious dramatic re-creations, the amazing tale of 16 survivors of a 1972 air crash in the frozen Andes. Most were spoiled, rich college students. Now they are wise, articulate, white-haired fathers and grandfathers.

The best thing about Stranded is that it makes so little of what this crash is infamous for: the survivors had to devour the flesh of those who died before them. In the middle of the movie, each survivor explains why and how he did it, and then the "cannibalism" is passed over for what were more pressing problems — how those remaining could make contact with civilization and be saved.

Spanish | 126 minutes | Kendall Square

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