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The Club (2015)

El Club (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 28 May 2015 (Chile)
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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
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 19 wins & 25 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Castro ... Padre Vidal
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 ... 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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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 Mónica (Antonia Zegers), 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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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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French visa # 143301. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Club: Pablo Larraín Interview (2016) See more »

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Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten for Strings and Bell
Written by Arvo Pärt
Performed by Magyar Állami Operaház Zenekara (as Hungarian State Opera Orchestra) and Tamás Benedek
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A club you don't want to belong to
7 January 2017 | by ReganRebeccaSee all my reviews

In a small fishing village 4 men and 1 woman cohabitate in a house. Their greatest joy in life is training and racing a small greyhound they collectively own, and they hold ambitions of buying and training more dogs so they can make more money. But their peaceful existence is broken when a another man comes to join their ranks. He, like the other men, is fallen member of the holy order, and though they are immediately suspicious of him, they put on a brave face. It isn't long however, before a victim of this new arrival literally shows up on their doorstep, shouting about the ways in which he was victimized and refusing to go away. What happens next shakes the little club to their core and disrupts their pleasant way of life.

This is a movie about some thoroughly unpleasant people. There is no one really to root for. The men and woman seem benign at first, but as they continue to talk they expose themselves for the greedy, selfish, self-interested people they are. While they have been taken out of commission and sequestered in a house, ostensibly to do penance, they have instead carved out a cushy life for themselves, each one privately convinced that they are in actual fact good, and are locked up with a bunch of degenerates.

While the film is beautifully shot, this is a film where the strength lies in the acting and the script. While not visually graphic the film has some very graphic dialogue about the crimes of some of the priests which are about what you would expect given the history of pedophilia in the Catholic church. It's a slow burn of a movie, but the more you watch the more you will feel disturbed as the members of the club expose themselves for who they really are.


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Country:

Chile

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

28 May 2015 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

La Boca, Navida, Chile

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,514, 7 February 2016

Gross USA:

$52,761

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$541,515
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Fabula See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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