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Neruda

  • Starring: Luis Gnecco, Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Michael Silva, Mercedes Morán
  • Director: Pablo Larraín
  • Genre(s): Biography, Drama
  • Languages: French, Spanish
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 107 min.

Beloved poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) is also the most famous communist in post-WWII Chile. When the political tides shift, he is forced underground, with a perseverant police inspector (Gael García Bernal) hot on his trail. Meanwhile, in Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda’s freedom. Neruda, however, sees the struggle with his police inspector nemesis as an opportunity to reinvent himself. He cunningly plays with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse ever more perilous. In this story of a persecuted poet and his obsessive adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become a symbol for liberty, as well as a literary legend. [The Orchard]

"Not a biopic but a Nerudian take on the famed Chilean politician-poet, "Neruda" is a stunningly inventive take on the function rather than the life of a writer."
- Jay Weissber, Variety
"A handsomely crafted and boldly idiosyncratic contemplation of a great artist for whom political compromise was anathema."
- David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter
"Gnecco has both breadth and subtlety. His Neruda is a complex and fascinating character study, a man fastidiously vain of his status but unconvinced by his own performance even as he enraptures a nation. "
- John Bleasdale, CineVue
"Neruda culminates in a series of scenes in the snow that are riveting in terms of what they say about art, history, politics and human nature."
- Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com
"An exuberant visual poem reflecting the life and politics of the Chilean poet, Neruda is much more than a simple biopic."
- Lauren Humphries, We Got This Covered
"Pablo Larraín has captured Pablo Neruda in all of his pomposity, pretense, courage, and undeniable genius. "
- Oleg Ivanov, Slant Magazine
"Neruda takes a lot of wild chances and, like the poet whose life acts as inspiration, it’s unwilling to play by the rules. Dizzily constructed and full of more life and meaning than most “real” biopics, it’s a risk worth taking."
- Benjamin Lee, The Guardian
"It is often very funny, unsettling and yet still proves illuminating on the character of Neruda and the battle for Chile in the 1940s"
- Allan Hunter, Screen International
"A dexterous, mischievous, almost incomprehensibly intelligent film that has such invention packed into every frame that the only real danger is overload, Neruda works most thrillingly as an effusive love letter to the very concept of fiction and all the ways it can set you free, written in lyrical but staccato meter, perhaps with a rose between the teeth."
- Jessica Kian, The Playlist

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