Neruda Saturday, 21 September 2019


Additional Info

  • Rating:


  • 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)


    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.


    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.


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


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


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


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


    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.


    Tonally uneven/distracting at times.

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