Firemen parading in the streets of Tocopilla; the old Masonic Library where he learned to read and met Tarot; the beach where he used to play, and an old circus. Those are some of the memories that marked Jodorowsky’s childhood.
Jodorowsky says: “…I lived in Tocopilla for 10 years. From that time, I’ve always remembered the details that formed me. When my father moved to Santiago, I got to weigh 100 kg (220 lb). Now I can say I had a terrible depression, because they uprooted me from the most important thing in my life. Tocopilla is to me what Macondo is to García Márquez. It marked my existence…”.
As way of example: we’ll be able to see in the film that his love and dedication to drama would be explained by three events that he witnessed as a child: a fireman’s burial, an epileptic seizure, and a Chinese prince’s singing.
Or how he understood surrealism: when his father threw his fried eggs to his mother’s head, and they landed on a horrible painting. The yolks, stuck and looking like two suns, gave him a revelation.
Most of the places Jodorowsky used to visit back in those days are still the same. It is as though Tocopilla has kept well preserved over the years. This helps tremendously with the work of period recreation.