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Neruda (2016)

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An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

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Pablo Larraín
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 31 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luis Gnecco ... Pablo Neruda
Gael García Bernal ... Óscar Peluchonneau
Mercedes Morán ... Delia del Carril
Emilio Gutiérrez Caba ... Picasso
Diego Muñoz Diego Muñoz ... Martínez
Alejandro Goic ... Jorge Bellet
Pablo Derqui ... Víctor Pey
Marcelo Alonso ... Pepe Rodríguez
Michael Silva Michael Silva ... Álvaro Jara
Francisco Reyes ... Bianchi
Jaime Vadell Jaime Vadell ... Arturo Alessandri
Néstor Cantillana ... Ministro del Interior
Alfredo Castro ... Gabriel González Videla
Marcial Tagle Marcial Tagle
Amparo Noguera ... Mujer Borracha
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An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

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Olvida lo que sabes. [Forget what you know.] See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexuality/nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Chile | Argentina | France | Spain | USA

Language:

Spanish | French | Dutch | Mapudungun

Release Date:

11 August 2016 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

Неруда See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$29,402, 18 December 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$938,875, 5 May 2017

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$835,993, 19 March 2017
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Neruda is the third film by director Pablo Larrain to be presented at Quinzaine des Realizateurs (The Director's Fortnight) during Cannes Film Festival, after No (2012) and Tony Manero (2008). See more »

Connections

Referenced in Pick of the Litter (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Olivier, mi padre
Composed by Federico Jusid
Performed by The Budapest Art Orchestra, Conducted by Peter Pejtsik
Orchestration by Federico Jusid, Gustavo Gini
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Neruda: very poetic but lacking in substance
21 October 2016 | by ottelien-mullerSee all my reviews

Neruda is an ambitious and out-of-the-box kind of film that in a poetic way tries to combine fiction with nonfiction, saluting the work and wit of Neruda and other artists of his time. However, in my opinion the film does not quite move the way it is supposed to. Cinematographically, it is very well done, with a lot of care for the use of light and surrounding elements. The underscore engulfs the scenes with a sense of drama and vibrant energy, but this is also where it goes wrong: the scenes themselves, do not bring the kind of energy and drama to the screen one might expect from this kind of tale. The minimalism and introvert approach to the acting in Neruda is perhaps somewhat too subtle, reversing the characters to almost two-dimensional beings that lack the personality or warmth that is needed to draw the viewer in. The script and the way some dialogues are cut and played out in different rooms confirm that ultimately Neruda's attempt to escape is a long poem on its own. Only, unfortunately, it is a bit too long and too cold to truly sink in.


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