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No -- An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum.

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Director:
Writers:
Antonio Skármeta (play)
Pedro Peirano (screenplay)
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Release Date:
9 August 2012 (Chile) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Adiós, Mr. Pinochet.
Plot:
An ad executive comes up with a campaign to defeat Augusto Pinochet in Chile's 1988 referendum. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 10 wins & 9 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Passion seeps through every frame, culminating in a mood most aptly expressed by Tchaikovsky's valse sentimentale See more (40 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Gael García Bernal ... René Saavedra
Alfredo Castro ... Lucho Guzmán
Luis Gnecco ... José Tomás Urrutia
Néstor Cantillana ... Fernando
Antonia Zegers ... Verónica Carvajal
Marcial Tagle ... Alberto Arancibia
Pascal Montero ... Simón Saavedra
Jaime Vadell ... Minister Fernández
Elsa Poblete ... Carmen
Diego Muñoz ... Carlos
Roberto Farías ... Marcelo
Sergio Hernández ... Militar
Manuela Oyarzún ... Sandra
Paloma Moreno ... Fran
César Caillet ... Cliente
Pablo Krögh ... Director de campaña
Patricio Achurra ... Político
Amparo Noguera ... Socióloga
Alejandro Goic ... Ricardo
Carlos Cabezas ... Ponce
Claudia Cabezas ... Joven Revolucionaria
Paulo Brunetti ... Publicista Campaña Sí
Iñigo Urrutia ... Coreógrafo
Pedro Peirano ... Joven Comando No
Patricio Aylwin ... Patricio Aylwin
Eugenio Tironi ... Eugenio Tironi
Juan Forch ... Juan Forch
Eugenio García ... Eugenio García
Juan Gabriel Valdés ... Juan Gabriel Valdés
Jaime de Aguirre ... Jaime de Aguirre
Florcita Motuda ... Florcita Motuda
Patricio Bañados ... Patricio Bañados
Osvaldo Silva ... Osvaldo Silva
Carmen María Pascal ... Carmen María Pascal
María Teresa Bacigalupe ... María Teresa Bacigalupe
Cecilia Echeñique ... Cecilia Echeñique
Tati Pena ... Tati Pena
Javiera Parra ... Javiera Parra
Isabel Parra ... Isabel Parra
Cristina Parra ... Cristina Parra
Milena Rojas ... Milena Rojas
Carlos Caszely ... Carlos Caszely
Gabriela Medina ... Gabriela Medina
Malucha Pinto ... Malucha Pinto
Maitén Montenegro ... Maitén Montenegro
Jorge Yáñez ... Jorge Yáñez
Claudio Narea ... Claudio Narea
Marco Antonio de la Parra ... Marco Antonio de la Parra
Ana María Gazmuri ... Ana María Gazmuri
Marcela Medel ... Marcela Medel
Reinaldo Vallejo ... Reinaldo Vallejo
Claudio Guzmán ... Claudio Guzmán
Consuelo Holzapfel ... Consuelo Holzapfel
Maricarmen Arrigorriaga ... Maricarmen Arrigorriaga
Shlomit Baytelman ... Shlomit Baytelman
Delfina Guzmán ... Delfina Guzmán
María Elena Duvauchelle ... María Elena Duvauchelle
Julio Jung ... Julio Jung
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Dreyfuss ... Himself (archive footage)

Jane Fonda ... Herself (archive footage)
Augusto Pinochet ... Himself (archive footage)

Christopher Reeve ... Himself (archive footage)
César Arredondo ... César Arredondo (uncredited)
Pablo Ausensi ... Empresario (uncredited)
Andrés Gómez ... Camarógrafo (uncredited)
Alex G. Hofmann ... Político (uncredited)
Hugo Vásquez ... Participante campaña No (uncredited)

Directed by
Pablo Larraín 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Pedro Peirano  screenplay
Antonio Skármeta  play written

Produced by
Daniel Marc Dreifuss .... producer
Jonathan King .... executive producer
Juan de Dios Larraín .... producer
Pablo Larraín .... producer
 
Original Music by
Carlos Cabezas 
 
Cinematography by
Sergio Armstrong (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Andrea Chignoli 
 
Art Direction by
Estefania Larrain 
 
Set Decoration by
María Eugenia Hederra 
 
Costume Design by
Francisca Román 
 
Makeup Department
Margarita Marchi .... makeup
 
Production Management
Eduardo Castro .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gabriel Díaz .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Zimon Briceno .... second assistant set decorator
Zimon Briceno .... second assistant set dresser
María Eugenia Hederra .... set dresser
Angela Torti .... first assistant set decorator
Angela Torti .... first assistant set dresser
 
Sound Department
Miguel Hormazábal .... sound designer
Sebastian Marin .... foley recordist
Sebastian Marin .... sound effects editor
Mauricio Molina .... sound engineer
Ivo Moraga .... foley artist
Isaac Moreno .... boom operator
Roberto Zuñiga .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Ismael Cabrera .... colorist
Ismael Cabrera .... visual effects supervisor
Rodrigo Rojas Echaiz .... visual effects
Mauro Contreras Villegas .... visual effects artist
 
Stunts
Wernher Schurmann .... fight choreographer
Wernher Schurmann .... stunt coordinator
Jorge Vergara .... assistant fight coordinator
Jorge Vergara .... assistant stunt coordinator
Jorge Vergara .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Carlos Diaz .... video assist
Jonathan Maldonado .... assistant camera (episode)
Juan Millán .... assistant camera
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carolina Norero .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Javier Estévez .... additional editor
Catalina Marín Duarte .... additional editor
 
Other crew
Cameron Arguelles .... quality control
Martin Bohte .... post -production assistant
Cristian Echeverria .... post production head
Nicolás Ibieta .... post production adviser
Lorena Penjean .... research
Alejandro Wise .... production assistant
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
118 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.40 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Shot in the video support U-matic 3:4, which was used at the end of the 1980s, to give more realism.See more »
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Soundtrack:
No lo quieroSee more »

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What's the significance of orange or oranges or eating oranges in Chile?
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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Passion seeps through every frame, culminating in a mood most aptly expressed by Tchaikovsky's valse sentimentale, 14 February 2013
Author: aequus314

Preceded by Tony Manero and Post Mortem, No completes Pablo Larrain's loose trilogy about life under Chilean dictator, Augusto Pinochet. Albeit conceived in strong historical and socio-political context; this story is a simple tale centered on young advertising executive, René Saavedra (portrayed with flair by enigmatic chameleon, Gael García Bernal) — thus making the film accessible to a wide range of foreign viewers.

The time is 1988 and Pinochet has been in power since 1973. In a calculated move to mitigate external pressure against his ironfisted regime, Pinochet confidently initiates a national referendum calling on citizens to vote and decide, whether an eight-year extension into 1996 is valid. The probabilities of course, are carefully measured and his likelihood of winning is rock solid.

In this heartfelt homage to Chilean history, both sides are attempting to secure voters by fighting it out via 30-minute spots on TV — 15- minutes for the "Yes" camp and 15-minutes for "No".

An agency that employs René has been commissioned to design a series of ads for the Government of Junta; with bossman Luis Guzmán (Alfredo Castro) helping Pinochet. Conflicts of interest arise when René exercises his liberty as a freelancer in contra — to formulate the opposition's campaign.

Story begins with a cold open showing creative grit — René is previewing a new commercial with clients in the beverage industry. Within the first few minutes, we find out who he really is — a shrewd and introspective creative director, highly sought after in the business, bit of a rebel in the vein of Don Draper — someone who believes in unorthodox methods and selling the notion of freedom.

A sudden visit from opposition manager José Tomás Urrutia, interrupts his meeting with the clients. In conversations between René and José interfused with a dinner scene between René and his boss, Luis — we drift through a climate of skepticism surrounding the legitimacy of Pinochet's reign, residual fears evolved from the red scare, and reservations about United States after their alleged involvement in the Chilean Coup of 1973. Accusations and recriminations are spewed in hushed, civil tones. Disparity in views (as they are in life) are documented in raw, unfiltered strides.

In a sequence depicting René's journey home on a skateboard, audacious visual-aural symphony amplifies his transformation, and the situation about to unfold. A representative of young blood, it is here that Larrain's spunky protagonist displays progressive streak coursing through his veins, thus establishing an emotional, life-affirming choice provoked by his earlier exchange with Luis.

The film charts two narrative blueprints juxtaposed next to each other: the No campaign from inception to post-referendum, and how it is inextricably linked to René's democratic ideology. Against the backdrop of fierce competition between both camps, his middle-class existence as a single father still harboring feelings for the ex-wife comes into close, thematic focus.

When public opinion becomes cultural movement and things begin to swing in favor of No's provocative campaign; hinting at political activism cleverly cloaked in neutral concepts such as love, happiness and freedom, Pinochet's lackeys begin a series of menacing threats that hover in dangerous, unpredictable shadows. Shot with an aspect ratio of 4:3 using analogue tape; the format also implies a cautionary facet to this film — concerned with lasting effects created by commercials in the heydays of TV, suggesting how a simple medium and viral marketing can radically influence political views of the masses, creating landslide victories for the underdog.

Things comes to a hauntingly ironic conclusion, that much is obvious, but No is a tremendously simple film that burns with quiet ferocity. Pablo Larrain displays talent in using visual moods, incisive dialog and dramatic scores; giving shape to the social atmosphere in 1980s Chile — rife with unquenchable thirst for liberty and change, yet pensive and scarred by a violent past.

Although punctuated with flashes of humor and scathing wit, this Oscar nominee in foreign language category is an intense historical drama that works on a deeper level by finding resonance with universal emotions. Passion seeps through every frame, culminating in a mood most aptly expressed by Tchaikovsky's valse sentimentale.

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