Run time: 105 mins
Luis Gnecco gives a towering performance as Chilean poet and activist Pablo Neruda in director Pablo Larrain’s intimate biopic.
Set in 1948, we open as the birth of the Cold War sweeps changes across Chile’s political landscape. Receiving news of the impending illegality of the Communist Party, Pablo Neruda springs to its defence.
Strongly opposed to the administration of President Gabriel Videla, he promotes his staunch views to the National Congress, denouncing the party’s political policies in the process and causes great upset. Threatened with arrest, he has no choice but to go on the run, playing a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with fascist Chief of Police Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal).
A playful and picaresque look at the poet at his peak, Neruda brilliantly blurs the line between reality and fitting flights of fantasy.
“A magical quality takes hold as Larrain pushes his two excellent leads out into the beautiful ether.” (Independent)
“Neruda is always calling attention to its own artificiality. But its sincere about wanting to do the impossible: understand, perhaps even forgive, someone who stands for everything you stand against.” (Metro) (research Chris Coetsee)
”Love is so short, forgetting is so long.”
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