Courtesy of The Orchard
"A brilliantly inventive rethinking of the ‘biopic’ and reveals a filmmaker at the peak of his powers." - Sight & Sound
"It nearly revises the thinking about what a literary film can be, the limits to which one can go to define the relationship between author and fiction." - Filmmaker Magazine
"As radical a reinvention of the biopic as Todd Haynes’ I’m Not There." - The Film Stage
It’s 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator Pablo Neruda accuses the government of betrayal and is swiftly impeached by President Videla. Police Prefect Óscar Peluchonneau is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife Delia del Carril, but they are forced into hiding. In the struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau, Neruda sees an opportunity to reinvent himself. He plays with the Prefect, leaving clues designed to make their game of cat-and-mouse more dangerous, more intimate. In this story of persecution, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend [synopsis courtesy The Orchard].
Dir. Pablo Larrain. 2016. 107 min.