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thumbnail Neruda (2015 Belgium, France)

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Director: Pablo Larraín
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán
Genre: Drama
Duration: 107 mins

Directed by Pablo Larrain (Jackie). What happens when a film ingeniously creates adversaries who are seemingly both protagonists when it’s not altogether clear just who is chasing whom? Guillermo Calderon’s provocative Neruda is a pseudo biopic of the famed Chilean Senator and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Pablo Neruda. Neruda’s heartfelt political and socio-economic beliefs have made him the voice of the workers and the downtrodden and the thorn in the side of the Fascist government who want Neruda “captured and humiliated.” Neruda’s nemesis in this tale is the beautifully imagined police inspector Oscar Peluchonneau. As he flees Peluchonneau’s dogged pursuit, he baits the policeman, sending him genre novels and making his varied escapes in a deliberate nick-of-time fashion.

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