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El Club (2015)

A crisis counselor is sent by the Catholic Church to a small Chilean beach town where disgraced priests and nuns, suspected of crimes ranging from child abuse to baby-snatching from unwed mothers, live secluded, after an incident occurs.

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Pablo Larraín

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Castro ... Padre Vidal
Roberto Farías Roberto Farías ... Sandokan
Antonia Zegers ... Hermana Mónica
Marcelo Alonso ... Padre García
Jaime Vadell Jaime Vadell ... Padre Silva
Alejandro Goic ... Padre Ortega
Alejandro Sieveking ... Padre Ramírez
José Soza José Soza ... Padre Matías Lazcano
Francisco Reyes ... Padre Alfonso
Diego Muñoz Diego Muñoz ... Surfista
Gonzalo Valenzuela ... Surfista
Catalina Pulido Catalina Pulido ... Surfista
Paola Lattus Paola Lattus ... Mujer de Sandokan
Erto Pantoja Erto Pantoja ... Dueño de Perro
Felipe Ríos Felipe Ríos ... Dueño de Perro
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Storyline

Four catholic priests, now excommunicated, share a secluded house in a small coastal house of Chile where they are are supposed to atone for their sins. Their quiet routine, placed under the supervision of Mother Monica, is disturbed by the coming of a fifth man. The newcomer, a pedophile, appears as a most unwelcome reminder of their own tainted lives... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Chile

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

28 May 2015 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

El club See more »

Filming Locations:

La Boca, Navida, Chile

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,514, 7 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,756, 21 February 2016
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Production Co:

Fabula See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Pablo Larraín is also director and producer of No (2012) and writer and director of Post Mortem (2010), among other well known chilean films. See more »

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Fratres for Strings and Percussion
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An Engaging Story Told with a Mix of Disturbance and Discomfort
28 December 2016 | by SquigglyCrunchSee all my reviews

The Club is about of group of former male priests who have been sent to live in a house for supposedly being incapable of properly ministering, when something horrible happens outside their house and a young priest-psychiatrist joins them in the hopes of finding out what's going on, and putting the former priests back on the right track.

The movie has so many twists and turns, it's probably better that you don't know much more about it. And that's something that I loved. It's unpredictable, and the movie just goes along without over dramatizing much, thus making it just a little more real.

Right from the get-go, this is a beautifully shot movie. Every scene is gorgeous, and the gloomy color pallet really helps set the tone. Even the coloring of the house sets the mood incredibly well, and allows an atmosphere of dark sadness to settle over the entire film.

The acting is all pretty good. The characters are convincing as characters, and they react in ways that I think a lot of people would in their situation. This is often due to the writing, which is also great. The dialogue is intriguing and pulls the story along with nice pacing.

The movie is pretty slow to start. When the dog races are first introduced, I thought it'd be about dog racers and lost interest. However, I'm happy I stuck with it because it gets better. Much better.

Despite how well-made and unpredictable the movie is, I found myself somewhat distant from it emotionally. Scenes that should have shocked or made me tear up had little effect. While it captured discomfort perfectly, it didn't quite capture other emotions.

Overall The Club is great. The acting, writing, shots, and story are all very engaging, all with a little too much discomfort. It lacks emotional investment and intrigue right off the bat, but it gets better. In the end I would definitely recommend this movie.


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