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804 Ratings


Directed by Pablo Larraín
Chile, Argentina, 2016
Biography, History, Fantasy


Chile, 1948: Senator Pablo Neruda, diplomat and future Nobel Prize-winning poet, accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached. Pursued by the police, Neruda and his artist wife are forced into hiding and an intimate game of cat and mouse begins.

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Neruda Directed by Pablo Larraín
Ultimately, Larraín’s approach feels far too redundant. The director stacks the deck against Oscar just so he can watch the young man go from one kind of zealot to another, and provide his gluttonous hero with even more worship.
January 24, 2017
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Proof, as if any was needed, that art needn’t lose an ounce of its power to its steadfast political conviction. That the two may enrich and empower each other and create something unforgettably human and poetic. Overshadowed by now by its more famous cousin, this is the Larraín film all others should be judged against, though he hasn’t yet made a bad or dishonest film. It is as hopeful and tastily byzantine as Tony Manero was bleak and uncomplicated.
January 14, 2017
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As the left-wing son of right-wing parents, Larrain is no stranger to irony or complexity. Neruda doesn’t merely unpacks the idea of the hero as saint; it dismisses the whole notion of an integrated personality. Yet if Larrain never saw a facile myth he didn’t love to dismantle, he’s no cynic either in this tough, tender portrait of a man, at once an opportunist and an idealist, with Chile’s best and worst selves duking it out inside and around him.
December 29, 2016
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