Society of the Snow/ La sociedad de la nieve / What are you willing to do to survive?

The story deals with the now famous plane disaster from 1972, in which a Uruguayan plane carrying young rugby players crashed into the Andes during the flight to Chile

by Sededin Dedovic
Society of the Snow/ La sociedad de la nieve / What are you willing to do to survive?
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"Society of the Snow" is a film from last year that became very significant in the world of film art, studying one of the most expressive examples of human endurance in extreme conditions. It was directed by Juan Antonio Bayona, a prominent Spanish director, whose talent is further highlighted by this production.

The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by the author Pablo Vierci, whose deep emotional and psychological analysis caused deep impressions among audiences around the world. The plot of the film takes us through the dramatic scenario of the plane crash that happened in 1972 in the Andes.

A Uruguayan plane, carrying young rugby players on its way to Chile, faced unforeseen problems and ended up on an icy glacier. This is not just a story about a strategic accident but deeply explores human mental and physical endurance in extremely difficult circumstances.

The film closed the 80th Venice International Film Festival and, after theatrical screenings in December, arrived on Netflix on January 4th.

Spanish director Juan Antonio Bayona recevies the Maquina del Tiempo award during the Sitges Film Festival 2023 on October 10, 2© Cesc Maymo / Getty Images

More than five decades later, the story of surviving that plane disaster continues to fascinate and shock people around the world.

The film draws us into the psychological labyrinth of the survivors, exploring their deepest fears, hopes, and despair. Through the story of survival at the edge of human endurance, "Society of the Snow" confronts moral dilemmas and ethical questions that go beyond the limits of ordinary human perception.

One of the most striking aspects of this film is the way it portrays the human will to survive in extreme conditions. The survivors face the harsh reality of the Andes mountains, fighting cold, hunger, and the fear of death.

Those who survived the accident, their injuries, the shock of the unforgiving climate of the Andes, and the exhaustion of every possible scrap of food that could be extracted from their luggage had to face the unthinkable option that became necessary - if they wanted a chance to survive, they had to start eating the flesh of the departed.

Their courage and determination to face even such "challenges" posed by nature become an inspiration to watch all over the world.

Society of The SNow© rikus71griff / Youtube channel

At a certain point, morality means little or nothing, and by the time the topic of eating the dead comes up, some characters have already reached that point out in the cold, with their bodies failing and no apparent chance of help or salvation on the horizon.

Eventually, everyone else will get to that point. Despite the horror of the situation, "Society of the Snow" finds space to explore human relationships and emotions in the midst of disaster. The characters face their deepest fears and weaknesses, but at the same time find strength in mutual support and solidarity.

This is a story about human courage and resilience, but also about empathy and compassion among people in the most difficult moments. The film emphasizes personal despair rather than universal horror. The material is handled with care, and the story is told in a very human and hopeful way.

The script does not focus too much on the darker side of the story, so we are not forced to watch some more extreme scenes, but is more concerned with the human spirit and the struggle for survival itself.

Belén Atienza, Pedro Luque, Pablo Vierci, Lorna Silva, Enzo Vogrincic, Eduardo Strauch, Gustavo Zerbino, J.

A. Bayona, and Edwa© Charley Gallay / Getty Images

Bayona's direction brings depth and layering to the story, exploring different aspects of the human psyche and behavior under extreme pressure. Through carefully designed frames and emotionally charged scenes, he manages to convey the complexity of the situation and the depth of the characters' emotions.

There is no doubt that "Society of the Snow" caused controversy and debates about the moral aspects of the events depicted. The issue of cannibalism becomes a central theme of the film, confronting viewers with difficult ethical dilemmas.

However, instead of unequivocally condemning or justifying the actions of the characters, the film encourages us to think about the nature of human morality and the limits we are willing to cross in the struggle for survival.

In addition, this tense thriller provides deeper insights into human psychology and interpersonal relationships under extreme conditions. The characters go through the process of emotional maturation and search for meaning in the circular reality that surrounds them.

Their struggle for survival becomes a metaphor for the universal search for meaning and purpose in life. The film also explores the theme of human strength and resilience in the face of unpredictable challenges of fate. The characters face a hostile nature, but at the same time they find the inner strength to resist all the adversities that are thrown at them. Their struggle becomes a symbol of hope and inspiration for all of us who face life's challenges.