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25
Mar
17

Neruda

Until I saw Neruda, I had no idea what a selfish jerk poet cum senator Pablo Neruda was. I just thought he wrote beautiful romantic poetry. He was also a senator for the Communist party and gave a controversial speech against the Chilean president. In response, the president orders Neruda’s arrest and the libertine churl goes underground.

The film isn’t exactly a biopic as it’s told completely from the point of view of  Oscar Peluchonneau, a police officer played by Gael García Bernal, who’s the Ahab to Neruda’s white whale. This police officer imagined that his real father was a legendary police officer and he wants to prove himself by capturing Neruda. Throughout the film the officer narrates and comments on Neruda and waxes eloquently on the pursuit’s significance.

I had no interest in Neruda who had no concern for his friends who were risking their lives to keep him safe. If he felt like a walk to the local brothel, he’d go no matter how that might expose both him and his friends.

I found the central character obnoxious and the voice overs were soon annoying. I so disliked Neruda, who was full of hot air in his political career, with little real concern for the poor people he grew up with that I’m not sure anything could make me like the film. However, it did win the 2017 Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film so some writers did like it.

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29
Aug
13

No

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The Chilean film No chronicles the story behind the advertising campaign for the referendum to force Pinochet, the dictator, to hold elections. In 197x Chile held an election to determine whether to hold elections for the head of state. Should Pinochet keep his position or would he have to run to stay in office?

Each side was given 15 minutes of TV airtime a night for the 27 days leading up to election day. The Si side was pro-Pinochet and No was in favor of ousting him via and election. While the No backers expected a straightforward campaign showing all Pinochet’s atrocities, the ad exec thinks that’s too much of a downer, that they should go for exuberant like Coca Cola, etc. In addition to this conflict, Pinochet’s hoodlums follow and intimidate the people working on the No campaign.

It’s an earnest, compelling film that taught me about a chapter of Chilean history




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