Review: True Story Inspired Film ‘Society of the Snow’ Is a Must See

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January 14, 2024

Written by Kelli Marchman McNeely

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J.A. Bayona’s brilliant Netflix film Society of the Snow takes a heart-wrenching plunge into the true story of the Andes tragedy of 1972. We witness the plane crash, the harsh reality of the remote mountains, and the desperate fight for survival against unimaginable odds.

The film doesn’t shy away from the darkness. Death hangs heavy, both immediate and agonizingly slow. Yet, amidst the despair, glimmers of resilience shine through. The survivors face a horrifying truth: their only hope may lie in an unthinkable act, cannibalism.

Bayona paints a stunning backdrop of snow and peaks, contrasting the beauty of nature with the brutal struggle for life. The characters, played by Enzo Vogrincic Roldán and others, become deeply real, their emotions raw and relatable. Creating an incredibly moving and unflinching glimpse into the true story of survival.

The True Story:

In the icy grip of the Andes, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 plunged to Earth on October 13th, 1972. Among the 45 souls onboard, 19 belonged to the Old Christians Club rugby team, their dreams dashed amidst the wreckage. For 72 harrowing days, the survivors grappled with the unforgiving mountain, clinging to hope against unimaginable odds. But their tale of resilience took a dark turn when the truth emerged: to survive, they had crossed a forbidden line, consuming the flesh of their fallen comrades. In the face of such extremity, questions echoed around the world – how far would you go to live? And at what cost? The answer, etched in the frost and sorrow of the Andes, left an indelible mark on human history.

Society of the Snow Is A Must-See:

Society of the Snow is not for the faint of heart. It’s dark, intense, and emotionally charged. But for those who dare to venture into its depths, it’s a powerful and unforgettable experience that elegantly combines stunning views and gritty, heartbreaking scenes. Prepare to be moved, shaken, and left profoundly questioning how far you would go to survive. Watch Society of the Snow now on Netflix. 

While the trailer is in Spanish, the film is actually a mix of English and Spanish, mostly English.

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