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Mon, Jan 16th, 2017 Written by 

Neruda (15)

  • Director: Pablo Larraín
  • Cast: Luis Gnecco, Gael García Bernal, Mercedes Morán
  • Country: Chile/Argentina/France/Spain
  • Year: 2016
  • Running time: 108'

Larraín (Jackie, No) fuses history, legend and fiction to powerful effect in this bold, stunningly inventive detective thriller and ‘anti-bio’. This is a fascinating examination of how we create the story of our own lives – particularly if you’re a vain, self-publicist like the great Nobel-prize winning poet, Pablo Neruda.

Chile, late 1940s Neruda is on the run from a government crack down. Peluchonneau, the dogged detective on his tail, and Neruda become two poles of an intertwined narrative, both determined to create their own myths, one as the smart top detective, the other as a great romantic poet and hero of the people. Beautifully made with a fabulous understated performance from Bernal and a sharp, wonderfully observed script, this is a lot of fun.

A playfully unexpected spin on a historical drama.” Wendy Ide, Sight & Sound

a dizzying cinematic adventure filmed with playful virtuosity.” London Film Festival

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