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.
The poet Pablo Neruda receives the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 and in his acceptance speech, he recalls episodes of his life almost forgotten. In 1948 because of a Senator of the ... See full summary »
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.
Neruda is a fabulous retelling of the poet Pablo Neruda's 1948 flight from Chile's fascist government. Playing fast and loose with historical event & cinematic tropes and conventions, director Pablo Larraín ("Jackie") invents an adversary for Neruda in the shape of the policeman leading the manhunt against him. Demanding the audience play detective too, the film blurs the line between real and imagined as both men seek to validate their own political position through their fantasies about the other. Playful and gorgeous to behold, it features 5 star performances from the three leads - including a brilliant comic turn from the ever-beautiful Gael García Bernal - and does not sentimentalise Neruda. But the truly revolutionary impact of his work is movingly articulated by an unexpected source - a transvestite singer in a brothel - as words are shown to have more power than force in this timely portrait of the most influential poet of the 20th century.
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