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Neruda

Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
Neruda image - a film by Pablo Larraín
OUT NOW ON DVD & VIEW ON DEMAND
Neruda poster - a film by Pablo Larraín
Fabulous. If it’s possible to make a great film about a great poet, this is certainly that film. Larraín delivers a wonderfully satisfying experience. Neruda is all of the following: unreliable as history, but immensely informative about the times and the man; entertaining as comedy, but still deeply melancholy about the politics of Latin America in the 1950s; drop-dead gorgeous as Chilean travelogue (including a snowy escape across the Andes), but imbued with sacred respect for the words, and the work it took to produce them.
Lavish and fanciful. Larraín’s smart, whimsical, extremely quickly and devilishly entertaining portrait of the poet is far from being a traditional biography but it joyfully celebrates the spirit of the man and his momentous times.
David Stratton
The Australian
One of the best films released so far this year. Exciting filmmaking. A lush, funny, whimsical film that takes on the shape of a hard boiled film noir… a very suspenseful game of cat and mouse through the salons and slums and brothels of Chile (Neruda likes the good life) as he escapes the authorities. A very inventive examination of power and image and myth-making. It works wonderfully well. Go see it.
Jason Di Rosso
ABC RADIO NATIONAL
Director: Pablo Larraín
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán
Duration: 108mins
Country of Origin: Chile
MA15+
Strong sex scenes and nudity
Fabulous. If it’s possible to make a great film about a great poet, this is certainly that film. Larraín delivers a wonderfully satisfying experience. Neruda is all of the following: unreliable as history, but immensely informative about the times and the man; entertaining as comedy, but still deeply melancholy about the politics of Latin America in the 1950s; drop-dead gorgeous as Chilean travelogue (including a snowy escape across the Andes), but imbued with sacred respect for the words, and the work it took to produce them.
Lavish and fanciful. Larraín’s smart, whimsical, extremely quickly and devilishly entertaining portrait of the poet is far from being a traditional biography but it joyfully celebrates the spirit of the man and his momentous times.
David Stratton
The Australian
One of the best films released so far this year. Exciting filmmaking. A lush, funny, whimsical film that takes on the shape of a hard boiled film noir… a very suspenseful game of cat and mouse through the salons and slums and brothels of Chile (Neruda likes the good life) as he escapes the authorities. A very inventive examination of power and image and myth-making. It works wonderfully well. Go see it.
Jason Di Rosso
ABC RADIO NATIONAL

NOMINEE – 2017 GOLDEN GLOBES – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
OFFICIAL SELECTION (CHILE) – 2017 ACADEMY AWARDS – BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2016 CANNES INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – DIRECTORS FORTNIGHT
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2016 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
OFFICIAL SELECTION – 2016 NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL

A glorious mix of history and imagination, NERUDA is the enthralling new film from multi award-winning director Pablo Larraín (NoJackie), a lavishly mounted and grandly entertaining depiction of the manhunt for exiled Chilean poet and politician Pablo Neruda.

It’s 1948, and the Cold War has reached Chile. Following the President’s outlawing of communism, Neruda (played by Luis Gnecco, bearing a remarkable likeness) and his artist wife Delia (Mercedes Morán) are forced into hiding. Beloved by the populace, they slip underground and are pursued by incompetent, vainglorious police inspector Oscar Peluchonneau (the superb Gael García Bernal), hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the country’s most infamous fugitive.

Whilst life on the run holds little charm for the cultured and hedonistic Neruda, he uses the opportunity to reinvent his work and life, leaving clues for his pursuer designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse even more dangerous and thrilling. Thwarting Peluchonneau at every turn, it’s almost as if the detective is the man Neruda would have written to chase himself…

Blending visual grandeur and literary wit, NERUDA is a beguiling reinvention of the ‘standard’ cinematic biography. Playfully confounding expectations at every turn, the film offers a startling rumination on the split between the person and persona, the man and the artist. 

Gripping, funny and ingeniously conceived, this is undoubtedly Larraín’s finest achievement to date.

Neruda poster - a film by Pablo Larraín
OUT NOW ON DVD & VIEW ON DEMAND