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Bonsai (2011)

Bonsái (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 9 November 2011 (France)
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A young writer recounts an earlier romance in hopes of attracting his new love interest.


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





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

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En Pitrufquén (Dios no aparece)
Written by Cristóbal Briceño
Performed by Cristóbal Briceño & Samuel González
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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.

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English | Latin | Spanish

Release Date:

9 November 2011 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Santiago, Chile See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$2,293, 13 May 2012

Gross USA:


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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