NERUDA (2016)


A film by Pablo Larraín

Cast: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Alfredo Castro

Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda is a fugitive in his own country for joining  the communist party which an inspector hunts  him down.

The film here gets it. It is the cat and mouse game. This Inspector  Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal) is in pursuit of Neruda because he joined the communist party the year is 1948. Peluchonneau is himself a blank page, a poem waiting to be written and, as the cat and mouse of his chase begins, a magic realism soaks into the film as Oscar and to some extent Pablo comes to believe that their roles are essentially fictional. Neruda, whose real name is actually Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto and who recites his poems where ever his goes. He does not try to hide too much but he is five step ahead of the inspector.  To captured Neruda would be an international embarrassment so the inspector begins to understand, because the people loves Neruda. Peluchonneau who narrates the story here. The beautiful texture photography who has a brownish feel to it is from Sergio Armstrong. Neruda is a complex and fascinating character study and by the way he ended up in leaving in Paris. Nice little film here where I had a good time watching it to my surprise.




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