Los Perros

Marcela Said

While her marriage is turning sour, Mariana is attracted to her horse riding instructor. She discovers that he is a former colonel involved in human rights abuses during Chile’s military dictatorship, and that her own father might be implicated too. She goes searching for the truth, not knowing if she really wants to find it at all.

Wealthy 42-year-old Mariana and her horse riding instructor get along nicely. But after his car is struck by a car bomb one day, she finds out he is a former colonel, charged with past human rights abuses and awaiting his sentence. He also turns out to be an old acquaintance of her father, whose logging company did well during the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973–1990).

Suspicious about the colonel and her father’s evasive behaviour, Mariana wants to try and find out what has really happened. What exactly are they guilty of, if anything? Do they have blood on their hands? Or were they just trying to get by under unconventional circumstances? Intriguing combination of a love story, a psychological drama, and a stark look into Chile’s dark history of military rule.

Los Perros has been selected for the Camera Justitia competition.


Marcela Said
Country of production
Chile, France, Argentina, Portugal
94 minutes
Spoken language
Production company
Cinéma Defacto
World Sales
Films Boutique