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A man named Jacques Mornard arrives in Mexico in 1940, claiming to be a Belgian who is fleeing the war in Europe to join his girlfriend, one of refugee Leon Trotsky's secretaries. But ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Ramón Mercader
... Sylvia Ageloff
... Leon Trotsky
... Kotov
... Caridad del Río
... Coronel Salazar
... Natalia Sedova
... Siqueiros
... Carles Vidal
... Costa
Toby Harper ... Harold Robins
Alexander Holtmann ... Sheldon
Colin Morgan ... Angry French Waiter
... Otto
... Balderas


A man named Jacques Mornard arrives in Mexico in 1940, claiming to be a Belgian who is fleeing the war in Europe to join his girlfriend, one of refugee Leon Trotsky's secretaries. But nobody knows that in reality this conventional and cheerful young man is in fact an agent of the GPU (Soviet Secret Service) and has been sent to assassinate Trotsky.

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Based on historical event - the assassination of Leon Trotsky in 1940. See more »


In the NKVD training center dining hall where Mercader talks to the high officers, there is a banner over the internal passage arch. It's a standard multiplication of "Proletarians Of The World, Unite" from the Karl Marx's Manifesto, translated to native languages of every Soviet Republic. One clearly visible is in Estonian "Kõigi maade proletaarlased, ühinege". It was impossible in 1939, before Mercader's mission to Mexico, as Estonia, along with two other Baltic states, was admitted (annexed rather) to The Soviet Union only in 1940. See more »


Ramón Mercader: A world with fewer priests and more justice. And that's a world worth dying for.
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Historical movie - fascinating story if you can get through the film!
15 June 2018 | by See all my reviews

For anyone with sympathies towards Communism or an interest in post-War history, the film Chosen has some appeal. Many will watch it with a sense of remorse - of what could have been, i.e. Trotsky and a different Soviet Union. As opposed to Stalin and his USSR of gulags and killings.

Although not a long film at just under 90 minutes, it moves slowly. Indeed, the movie requires concentration simply to get through. There were times I found myself wandering and had to rewind (yes, it's Netflix!) to make sure I didn't miss anything important.

The film is watchable for Communist sympathizers or students of Communism. For all others, watch at your own peril. Quite a shame as the story line could have made for a much more gripping film.

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