Sunday, November 16, 2008

Stranded: I've Come from a Plane That Crashed on the Mountains

I think most people over a certain age know the story about the 1972 crash in the Andes of an airplane filled with 45 rugby players. Unless you had read the book "Alive," you probably don't know the sometimes gruesome and always harrowing details.

Stranded is a documentary to chronicle the return of all 16 survivors, now middle-aged, to the site where it all happened. It's chilling to hear them talk about the event in their own words, particularly when they finally talk about their source of food. The survivors resorted to cannibalism, eating of their dead friends' and families' bodies, which they had dragged outside the remains of the aircraft. They spoke of eating only enough to survive from the bodies, which they carved up in a rite resembling Holy Communion.

The director uses actors to re-create the 72 days of the survivors, and intersperses the interviews to explain what happened. It's a chilling re-creation of an incredible example of how these teammates worked together to survive. The fact that we're still riveted to our seats to see how it all worked out, some 35 years later, is testament to good storytelling.

Thumb's up.

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At 2:46 PM, Blogger Claire Pia said...

Check out FLYP media's article on the movie Stranded, including an interview with director Gonzalo Arijon and clips from the movie.


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