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El elegido (2016)

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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfonso Herrera ... Ramón Mercader
Hannah Murray ... Sylvia Ageloff
Henry Goodman ... Trotsky
Julian Sands ... Kotov
Elvira Mínguez ... Caridad Mercader
Emilio Echevarría ... Salazar
Frances Barber ... Natalia Sedova
Alejandro Calva ... Siqueiros
Roger Casamajor ... Carles Vidal
Javier Godino ... Costa
Toby Harper Toby Harper ... Robins
Alexander Holtmann Alexander Holtmann ... Sheldon
Brontis Jodorowsky ... Otto
Gustavo Sánchez Parra ... Balderas
Humberto Busto ... Homero
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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 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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Spain | Mexico

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English

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2016 (USA) See more »

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On 24 May 1940, Trotsky survived a raid on his villa by armed assassins led by the NKVD agent Iosif Grigulevich and Mexican painter David Alfaro Siqueiros. Trotsky's 14-year-old grandson, Vsevolod Platonovich "Esteban" Volkov (born 7 March 1926), was shot in the foot, and a young assistant and bodyguard of Trotsky, Robert Sheldon Harte, was abducted and later murdered. Trotsky's other guards fended off the attackers. Following the failed assassination attempt, Trotsky wrote an article titled "Stalin Seeks My Death" on 8 June 1940, in which he stated that another assassination attempt was certain. See more »

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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 »

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Ramón Mercader: A world with fewer priests and more justice. And that's a world worth dying for.
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To Send My Love
Written by Myriam Swanson, Francesc Capella, Paco Weht, Artem Zhulyev, and Anton Jarl
Performed by Magnolia
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Historical movie - fascinating story if you can get through the film!
15 June 2018 | by imranahmedsgSee 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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