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The Dark-Horse Oscar Contender Everyone’s Watching

The Dark-Horse Oscar Contender Everyone’s Watching

Society of the Snow tells the real-life story of Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, a plane that crashed into the Andes in 1972 and left its passengers, a rugby team and their supporters, starving and stranded for 72 days. It’s a gruesome tale—the survivors eventually resorted to cannibalism—that’s been dramatized many times before, most notably in 1993’s Alive, but the director J. A. Bayona’s rendition may be the most immersive take yet. The crash scene is meticulously re-created—people being sucked out of the fuselage, bones shattering as the seats get ripped from the floor, bodies crumpling toward the cockpit. Most of the movie takes place in the mountain range’s blinding snow-covered slopes, the victims’ skin bluish with frostbite, the sound of howling winds incessant. Almost every shot highlights the frigid, terrifying reality of what happened. As such, the film is an often-nightmarish viewing experience, but I couldn’t stop watching—and I wasn’t alone. Society of the Snow is, according to Netflix’s in-house viewership data, the streamer’s first hit of 2024, becoming the most-watched film on the …