Neruda Thursday, 20 June 2019

Neruda

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    CTC.

  • The pitch:

    Catch Neruda if you can.

  • Starring:

    Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Luis Gnecco, Pablo Derqui, Alejandro Goic, Mercedes Morán, Marcelo Alonso, Michael Silva

  • Directed by:

    Pablo Larraín

  • Running time:

    107 minutes

  • Rated:

    CTC (Australia), NR (UK), NR (USA)

  • VIOLENCE/GORE:

    People are shot at, detained in concentration camps, hair-pulled, dowsed, hit with objects, punched, wrestled/fought/beaten, arrested. Door smashed. Attack our police, burn churches, killing Communists, torture, suicide, exile, imprisonment, persecution mentioned. Blood/gore: Corpse. Blood dripping down clothing onto snow. Chopping up carcass/meat. Body in coffin.

  • SEX/NUDITY:

    A man has (implied) sex with several women. Kissing, breast-touching, cross-dressing. Full female nudity, exposed breasts, partial male nudity (chests/bottoms), women in underwear/lingerie. References to sex, prostitution, propositioning. Nude/semi-nude prostitutes are assessed by potential clients. Veneral disease mentioned.

  • VICES/DRUG USE:

    Drugs (opium dens). Alcohol (spirits, wine, beer, champagne). Intoxication. Smoking (cigarettes, cigars).

  • LANGUAGE:

    F-words, s-words, a-words, b*tch. Name-calling. Slang for genitals, derogatory term for homosexuals. Religious references.

  • THEMES:

    Pablo Neruda, biography, post-World War II Chile, poetry, traitors, fugitives, manhunts, concentration camps, torture, Fascism, Communism, self-discovery, snobbery, Nobel prize winners.

  • HIDDEN EXTRAS:

    Brothel, opium den settings. Relationship breakup. Estranged father mentioned. Coffin. Horses, dog, stuffed ostrich. Urination.

  • CRITICS LIKE:

    Riveting, clever, beautiful, powerful, dexterous, mischievous, intelligent, inventive, conceptual, demanding, fascinating, lyrical, sensory, absorbing, ambitious, self-aware, smashing, surreal, entertaining, unconventional, playful, provocative, funny, droll, original, unsettling, illuminating, meta, refreshing. Exemplary/outstanding/smart/astonishing performances, inventive direction, rich/lush/meticulous/ravishing/breathtaking/handsome/superb cinematography, richly detailed art design/production design/music, gorgeous interiors, sumptuous locales, impeccably dressed characters, memorable closing shots, poignant/compelling/surprising finale.

  • CRITICS DON'T LIKE:

    Tonally uneven/distracting at times.

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