Too Late to Die Young is about the children of a family growing up in some kind of commune. Despite my usage of ‘commune,’ nothing really goes wrong.
It’s also the closest word I have in describing this community. This film takes place during post-Pinochet Chile but its rural, natural setting feels a generation before that.
It’s a perfect time and place, then. Young people like Lucas (Antar Machado) and Sofia (Demian Hernandez) are growing up. Although their maturity happens way too slowly.
Writer-director Dominga Sotomayor’s visual storytelling isn’t always at its best. She seems to prefer natural lighting which is not good for depicting scenes that take place at nighttime.
Despite that, it’s nice to see Sofia and Lucas be parts of their community. At its best Sotomayor infuses a tactile texture in Too Late to Die Young.
The characters in Too Late to Die Young are building infrastructure, organizing a New Years’ Eve talent show. Living a civilized life while nature patiently bides its time.
Despite Too Late To Die Young having three protagonists its biggest is Sofia. She discovers love and what she must do for the rest of her life.
This is Sotomayor’s second feature and it still shows a beginner’s mistakes in telling stories. Despite its beginnings she’s gaining a sense of how to build a world.
She also takes advantage of her mise-en-scene’s wide spaces and subtle colors. In all aspects she is reinforcing the freedom these characters have to lead conflict free lives.