5 user 45 critic

Bonsái (2011)

Not Rated | | Drama | 9 November 2011 (France)
1:47 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Prime Video

A young writer recounts an earlier romance in hopes of attracting his new love interest.


Cristián Jiménez
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

More Like This 

Family Life (2017)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A young man spends a few weeks housekeeping for a relatively distant relative and enjoys taking over the comfort of their lives in Santiago. Soon, he meets a cute neighbor and starts ... See full summary »

Directors: Cristián Jiménez, Alicia Scherson
Stars: Jorge Becker, Gabriela Arancibia, Blanca Lewin
Bonsai I (2018)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Santhosh Peringeth
Stars: Manoj K. Jayan, Lena, Santhosh Keezhattoor
Biography | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A portrait of famed Chilean singer and folklorist Violeta Parra filled with her musical work, her memories, her loves and her hopes.

Director: Andrés Wood
Stars: Francisco Acuña, Juan Alfaro, Orlando Alfaro
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

At a Montréal public grade school, an Algerian immigrant is hired to replace a popular teacher who committed suicide in her classroom. While helping his students deal with their grief, his own recent loss is revealed.

Director: Philippe Falardeau
Stars: Mohamed Fellag, Sophie Nélisse, Émilien Néron
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Director: Cristián Jiménez
Stars: Ivan Alvarez de Araya, Gregory Cohen, Eduardo Paxeco
La Voz en Off (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Sofia, 35, lives in Valdivia. She's beautiful and vegan. She has two kids she loves, but still everything seems to go wrong. In need of peace since her recent separation from her husband, ... See full summary »

Director: Cristián Jiménez
Stars: Ingrid Isensee, María José Siebald, Paulina García
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When Frank is diagnosed with incurable brain tumor, he's got only a few months to live. Along with his wife, he doesn't know how and when to tell their children about it. Meanwhile, Frank's health is getting worse with each day.

Director: Andreas Dresen
Stars: Steffi Kühnert, Milan Peschel, Talisa Lilly Lemke
Arirang (2011)
Documentary | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Documentary on director Kim Ki-Duk looking back at his film career.

Director: Ki-duk Kim
Stars: Ki-duk Kim
La Frontera (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A high school teacher runs afoul of the government and is sentenced to internal exile.

Director: Ricardo Larraín
Stars: Patricio Contreras, Gloria Laso, Alonso Venegas
Fin de Semana (2016)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

The story of two women who meet again after a long time in a house on San Roque lake and near the mountains, where they'll have to live together for the weekend.

Director: Moroco Colman
Stars: Gabriela Beltramino, Eva Bianco, Magdalena Combes
All Is Lost (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

After a collision with a shipping container at sea, a resourceful sailor finds himself, despite all efforts to the contrary, staring his mortality in the face.

Director: J.C. Chandor
Stars: Robert Redford
Liberty (2019)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

1774, a few years before the French Revolution, somewhere between Potsdam and Berlin... Madame de Dumeval, the Duke of Tesis and the Duke of Wand, libertines expelled from the Puritan court... See full summary »

Director: Albert Serra
Stars: Helmut Berger, Marc Susini, Iliana Zabeth


Cast overview, first billed only:
Diego Noguera ... Julio
Alicia Fehrmann Alicia Fehrmann ... Abuela
Andrés Waas Andrés Waas ... Claudio
Nathalia Galgani Nathalia Galgani ... Emilia
Gabriela Arancibia Gabriela Arancibia ... Bárbara
Hugo Medina Hugo Medina ... Gazmuri
Trinidad González Trinidad González ... Blanca
Cristóbal Briceño Cristóbal Briceño ... Hippie
Samuel González Samuel González ... Compañero de estudio
Pía Bastidas Pía Bastidas ... Compañera de estudio
Juan Takima Juan Takima ... Compañero de estudio
Karin Hoffmann Karin Hoffmann ... Compañera de estudio
Walter Aedo Walter Aedo ... Compañero de estudio
Romina Roero Romina Roero ... Compañera de estudio
Paola Lattus Paola Lattus ... Vendedora de Cuaderos


A young writer recounts an earlier romance in hopes of attracting his new love interest.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis




Not Rated | See all certifications »



Chile | Argentina | Portugal | France


English | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

9 November 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Bonsai See more »

Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,293, 13 May 2012

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


En mi lugar
Written by Jorge Santis, Rodrigo Santis & Walter Roblerdo
Performed by Congelador
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Beautiful, mesmerizing and funny, but too slow for most movie fans
18 June 2013 | by jm10701See all my reviews

Bonsái is a very, VERY low-key comedy plus dreamy meditation on the nature of memory and of literature - and of bonsai - admittedly NOT most movie-goers' cup of tea. The only action is fairly frequent sex, but even that is more drolly amusing and detached than either erotic or romantic.

The central place Marcel Proust's Remembrance of Things Past occupies in this movie is no accident (the current fad is to translate Proust's French title as In Search of Lost Time, which is literal but moronic). The theme, the tone, the focus, the slow flow with strong but intangible undercurrents of this extraordinary movie are as true a filming of Proust's unfilmable 5000-page masterpiece as we're likely ever to see.

Bonsái could not have been made without Diego Noguera in the lead as Julio. His exquisite grace, charm, humor and intelligence permeate the whole movie, and viewers to whom he does not appeal will be left cold and annoyed.

If you love the movie, as I do, it's because of Noguera. Cristián Jiménez certainly deserves great credit for constructing such a remarkable movie, but with any other actor in the key role it would have fallen flat.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 5 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed