Caluga o Menta (1990)
About Caluga o Menta
Niki and his friends are members of the marginalised underclass living on the outskirts of Santiago. During Chile’s transition from dictatorship to democracy (1988-1990), they forge a path from drug- and drink-fuelled nihilism and petty crime into the world of market-driven illegality and Niki begins a seemingly predestined relationship with the middle-class “loca”, Manuela. Memorable episodes and characters, quotable dialogue and a mix of earthy national portrait and surrealistic flourish make this one of the key Chilean films of the Nineties.