Cert: 15 Year: 2012 Length: 118 mins Language: Spanish
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Score: 81.08% Attendance: 98
Pablo Larrain's Pinochet trilogy finishes here with General Pinochet's attempt to legitimise his Chilean regime by calling a referendum in 1988. The trick was, of course, that both he and the world at large assumed he would win it, but a group of oppositionists (I don't think I dare call them a coalition in England at the moment) had other ideas. Gathering together people who didn't like Pinochet was the easy part; convincing the population that they dared to vote against Pinochet was something else.
The NO campaign hires Rene Saavedra, an advertising hot shot (played by Gael García Bernal of last season's 'Even the Rain'), who sets out to push the politics into the background and make everyone hope for better times to come.
Having had the second of the trilogy 'Post Mortem' recently, it seemed only right to bring this one to Keswick too. Having seen it in London, I agree with the critics that this is the best of the series. Let's see if you agree.
The standout entry of the Directors' Fortnight sidebar and the closest thing to a masterpiece that I've seen so far here in Cannes.
David Fear, Time Out New York
Larraín has serious form, and his film is at once worthy, skilfully made and hugely entertaining. Demetrios Matheou, Sight And Sound
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