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In 2013, acclaimed Chilean director Pablo Larraín's 'Pinochet trilogy' reached its pinnacle when No was nominated for an Academy Award. Larraín has vowed never to make another film on Chile's darkest days but now, for the first time, all three acclaimed films will be released as part of one set. To celebrate the release of The Pablo Larraín Collection this coming Monday (23 September), we have Three DVD copies of the three-film box set to give away to our avid readers, courtesy of the very generous team at Network Releasing This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
This definitive Larraín set consists of three superb films charting life in Chile at various stages of the Pinochet regime. Tony Manero (2008) follows the tale of a Saturday Night Fever-obsessed »
- CineVue UK
A gripping combination of political history and personal intrigue, Pablo Larraín's No (2012, Network, 15) dramatically recounts the campaign to remove General Pinochet from power during the 1988 Chilean referendum. Based on a stage play by Antonio Skármeta, the action centres on René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), an advertising executive enlisted to sell the "No" campaign to a nation with the slogan "Happiness is coming", to the displeasure of the hard-line politicos who believe he's belittling their cause.
The completion of a thematic trilogy (following Tony Manero and Post Mortem), No benefits from Larraín's bold use of boxy, grainy U-matic video stock, which enables him to blend latterday recreations with authentic archival TV footage. The result is a seamless mix of fact and fiction, brought together through a unifying aesthetic in which the medium perfectly fits the message.
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- Mark Kermode
Gael Garcia Bernal stars in No, an epic David and Goliath story penned by Pedro Peirano about a brash young Chilean adman, René Saavedra, who spearheads a campaign to defeat dictator Augusto Pinochet and set Chile free during the country’s 1988 referendum. The film is the final part of a trilogy which director Pablo Larraín began with Tony Manero in 2008 and followed with Post Mortem in 2010. No has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and opens in theaters on February 15th. At the film’s recent press day, Larraín and Bernal talked about their smart and engaging political thriller inspired by actual events, how the film reflects their own social conscience and political sensibilities, why it resonates with other political events occurring throughout the world today, how they came up with a distinct lo-fi concept for the film’s unique visual style, how the film has been received in Chile, »
- Sheila Roberts
Produced by rising Chilean force-to-be-reckoned-with Pablo Larraín ("Post Mortem," "No"), Sebastián Lelio's fourth feature, "Gloria," has proven one of our most pleasant Berlin Film Festival surprises. While films focusing on female protagonists have not been in short supply during this and previous Berlinales, many of them featuring strong central performances and a realist style, Santiago-set "Gloria" is marked out by two key differences that set it apart from, and above, many surface-similar films. Firstly, the rigor of the approach -- lead actress Paulina Garcia is not only in every scene, she's in every single shot. And having a divorced mother of grown-up children in her late 50s be the subject of such an obsessive approach is nothing short of transgressive in how it makes central the kind of character who is so often invisible, or at best relegated to background importance. And secondly, perhaps most »
- Jessica Kiang
Following Tony Manero and Post Mortem, No completes a cool, ironic trilogy of films by Pablo Larraín about life in General Augusto Pinochet's Chile. The year is 1988 and after 15 years of Pinochet's dictatorship, the United States, which helped put him in power, has insisted he have a referendum on his presidency. The regime thinks a "Yes" response in a climate of increasing prosperity should be a shoo-in, while the left wing is all for boycotting what it regards as a window-dressing sham that would lead to more of the same.
But this witty, double-edged movie is no ordinary exercise in political cinema. It focuses on two men from the same prosperous Santiago advertising agency. The middle-aged head, Lucho Guzmán (Alfredo Castro), is a decent, complacent man who happens to be a senior figure on Pinochet's advisory council. His smartest employee, René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), is a liberal whizz kid, »
- Philip French
Pablo Larraín's film about Chilean democracy is simple and direct, heartfelt and involving
Pablo Larraín's No dramatises Chile's Berlin Wall moment in 1988. Under international pressure to legitimise his government, but bathing in the support of a newly prosperous middle and upper-middle class and hugely confident of success, General Pinochet allowed a referendum on whether he would be allowed another eight years in office. This movie dramatises the "No" campaign devised by young advertising executive René Saavedra, played by Gael García Bernal, who decided to stay away from angry political images and instead emphasise an upbeat, almost apolitical vision of happiness and the future. For the dispossessed Chilean left, merely participating in the Pinochet plebiscite was already a sellout; now this young media type apparently proposed to take their resistance to tyranny and sell it like some Pepsi alternative to Pinochet's Coke. The campaign triggers a serious debate about how much to remember, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Chilean writer and director Pablo Larraín’s thought-provoking and captivating No, which is loosely based on an unpublished play written by Antonio Skármeta, focuses on the media campaign that played a significant part in military dictator Augusto Pinochet’s downfall from Chilean rulership. It sharply brings to a close Larraín’s trilogy of Pinochet-centric films, which also includes Tony Manero and Post Mortem.
In 1988, a referendum is called for to decide whether or not Pinochet will remain in power for an additional eight year run. The leaders of the opposition appoint keen advertising exec and regular skateboarder René Saavedra (Gael Garcia Bernal) to spearhead their “No” campaign, which includes nightly fifteen-minute long television adverts. With only limited time and resources at their disposal, René devises a bold and daring plan to convince voters of Pinochet’s immoral ways.
Filmed with a U-matic camera that captures the coarse aesthetic of the late 80s, »
- Jamie Neish
To celebrate the UK theatrical release of Chilean director Pablo Larraín's Academy Award-nominated new film No (2012) on 8 February, 2013, we're delighted to be able to offer Three lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the Made in Chile - Two Films by Pablo Larraín DVD box set, which includes past triumphs Tony Manero (2008) and Post Mortem (2010). This fantastic prize has been kindly provided courtesy of the fantastic team at Network Releasing, UK distributors of Larraín's films. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
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Pablo Larraín's No marks the third film in his loose trilogy concerning life in Chile under the shadow of General Pinochet. Short-listed for the best foreign language film Oscar - in a strong category that also features War Witch and Amour - the film marks a departure in tone from his earlier Tony Manero and Post Mortem. While they concentrated on the darker aspects of the dictator's legacy, No, which charts the campaign by ad exec René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal) to oust Pinochet from power, has an altogether more upbeat tone. The irony of the fact that the capitalist dictator was brought down by clever marketing is not lost on Larraín. "He created the tools that put him out - he created his own poison," he says.
Larraín says that the feel of the movie was influenced both by the fact that he had less »
- Amber Wilkinson
★★★★☆ Completing Chilean director Pablo Larraín's eclectic 'Pinochet trilogy' in style comes No (2012), a sophisticated, surprisingly humorous exploration of the opposition media campaign that ultimately brought an end to the country's damaging dictatorship. Featuring an impressive lead performance from pint-sized Spanish language star Gael García Bernal and welcoming back his regular muse Alfredo Castro (Tony Manero, Post Mortem), Larraín has successfully sculpted his most commercially-appealing film to date, a political drama as entertaining and intelligent as anything seen from the Us's Mad Men or West Wing stables.
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- CineVue UK
Advertising becomes a force for good in the absorbing Chilean drama No. Gael García Bernal stars as René, a Don Draperish ad exec who helps shape the 1988 campaign to unseat dictator Augusto Pinochet, but the retro cool look and fashionable cynicism that invites comparison to Mad Men is merely an undercurrent, threatening to pull René down while he strives for higher ideals.
Early scenes inside the boardroom also evoke the AMC series, but with a wry nod to today's more sophisticated audience. René presents a typically '80s cola commercial, filled with young, beautiful people randomly prancing about, flicking their hair and grinning ecstatically. A cut to a mime makes the client squirm, begging the question: is this the American dream, or a nightmare?
René is nonetheless successful. »
Director: Pablo Larrain
Synopsis: 1988 – when Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum to decide his permanence in power, his opposition persuade daring advertising exec René Saavedra to head their campaign. With limited resources and under the constant scrutiny of the despot’s watchmen, Saavedra and his team conceive of a bold plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.
There are some films you suspect straight away are destined for Oscar success, but only few manage to live up to expectation. Not only does No exceed expectation; it takes filmmaking to a whole new level.
Immediately, the film plays around with convention – the whole film is shot on low-definition, 3/4′ Sony U-matic magnetic tape (the same film used in the 1980s, when the story is set) and while it could be incredibly distracting, »
- Lucy Cave
Montgomery Clift, London
Despite being one of the most handsome and talented actors ever to grace the screen, Clift is forever associated with tragedy. Partly because of his torment over his sexuality, partly because of the car crash in 1956 that sent his life into a downward spiral, and partly because he didn't make nearly enough movies. In the ones he did, Clift often stole the show, playing anguished, un-macho outsiders in Red River, I Confess, From Here To Eternity and A Place In The Sun. The latter, one of several collaborations with his friend Elizabeth Taylor, goes on extended release as part of this retrospective, which also includes the best of his post-crash movies.
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- Steve Rose
Just Say It: Larrain’s Final Entry In Pinochet Trilogy a Knockout
Heralded as the last and also lightest film in Chilean auteur Pablo Larrain’s Pinochet trilogy, No does indeed emanate a light heartedness, mostly because it depicts the positive result based on the possibilities of hope. But its lightheartedness may seem only evident after your familiarity with the fact that that it follows sister films Tony Manero (2008) and Post Mortem (2010), which take place at the onset and in the midst of Pinochet’s dictatorship of Chile. While Manero plays like horrific nightmare and Mortem a surreal descent into one, Larrain’s latest manages to be the most emotionally potent for its light at the end of the tunnel, and the possibility of reconstruction.
Set in 1988, due to increasing international pressure, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The people, for the first time, »
- Nicholas Bell
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