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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.


Pablo Larraín
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 11 wins & 30 nominations. See more awards »



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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


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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Una cacería salvaje. [A wild manhunt.] See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Chile | Argentina | France | Spain | USA


Spanish | French | Dutch | Mapudungun

Release Date:

11 August 2016 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

Неруда See more »


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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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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Composed by Carlos Cabezas (as Carlos Cabezas Rocuant)
Performed by Danilo Donoso(Percussion), Daniel Espinoza (Trumpet), Bernardo Lama (Trombone), Fernando Julio(Contrabass)
Engraving, mixing and mastering in Estudios Cablesanto 2015 y 2016
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It's so good, it will send you right to his poetry.
20 December 2016 | by jdesandoSee all my reviews

"If nothing saves us from death, at least love should save us from life." Neruda

The Chilean Noble laureate Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco)is depicted in Pablo Larrain's Neruda, a fiction showing the poet-politician as heroic, profane, poetic, and fat. He's a stew that can seduce women and provoke presidents, a genius communist in the late 1940's who became a fugitive for joining the party.

The film is alternately serious about this leftist politician and writer pursued by fictional police detective Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal) and playful as he cavorts with strumpets to remind us of his vigorous friend, Picasso (Emilio Guttierrez Caba). Neruda is less the poet and more the champagne Communist.

Larrain's filming is poetic, too, full of lush, shadowy shots that reinforce the complex lyrical details of a poet on the run. Yet, this is not a biopic; rather it is an imaginative rendering in the poet's own spirit as it comes through in his poetry and Stalinist affections. A scene with a drag queen discussing how Neruda incites passion is all you need to know about the difference between Neruda's magical words and the lower order of his daily life.

Although Oscar's pursuit of Neruda smacks of Javert's obsession in Les Miserables, Bernal plays him as a serious policeman with a thirst for connection to Neruda. In large part, everyone who meets Neruda, even his fellow legislators when he is a senator, seems to be hypnotized by his words and his bravery.

Most of all the film does an exemplary job of depicting Neruda as a demigod whose very presence demands devotion and a shared passion for life and happiness only through the patient devotion to one's country and one's loves:

"Love is not about property, diamonds and gifts. It is about sharing your very self with the world around you." Neruda

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