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However, despite the intriguing subject matter, the film has received mixed reviews. Some critics have praised the film for its exploration of middle-class guilt and its Hitchcockian thriller elements. It won the Sutherland Award for Best First Feature at the 2022 BFI London Film Festival. "1976" explores themes of guilt, fear, and the complexities of living under an authoritarian regime. The film has been described as a Hitchcockian thriller, combining elements of suspense and psychological tension.
"1976" is set in Chile during the year 1976, a few years after the overthrow of the democratically elected Allende administration and the establishment of the Pinochet regime. The story revolves around Carmen, a middle-aged doctor's wife, who finds herself in a dangerous situation when she takes on the responsibility of caring for a wounded insurgent who is in hiding. As Carmen risks her own safety to protect the insurgent, she navigates a world filled with misogyny, corruption, and political tension under the oppressive regime.