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'Tony Manero': Blood On The Dance Floor, By Kurt Loder

2 July 2009 6:33 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Torture, the movie.

Alfredo Castro in "Tony Manero"

Photo: Koch Lorber Films

Chilean director Pablo Larrain's "Tony Manero" must be one of the worst-looking movies ever submitted for Oscar consideration in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The picture is washed-out and blurry, contains some of the most dismal sex scenes outside of the Andy Warhol canon, and features a protagonist who's about as engaging as an abandoned luncheonette. Could this be ... art?

A lot of critics on the international festival circuit, where "Tony Manero" made the rounds last year, appear to have thought so. They discerned a political allegory, which is easy enough to do, I suppose, but raises the question: So what?

The story is set in Santiago in 1978, five years into the near-20-year military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet — a brutal national ordeal in which thousands of people were murdered and tens of thousands were jailed and tortured. »

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