Una Mujer Fantástica – A Fantastic Woman

The word is dignity. Daniela Vega imbues Marina with such dignity, and it makes beautiful viewing. It’s a stunning, delicate performance which deserves all the plaudits it is receiving. The film is rooted in the truth of Marina’s situation, the resilience she finds to deal with her travails and the choices she makes as to … Continue reading Una Mujer Fantástica – A Fantastic Woman

Jackie

A very focussed slice of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy's life over a non-linear two week period around the assassination and subsequent burial of John Fitzgerald Kennedy. Natalie Portman embodies the First Lady with ice cold efficiency and is rarely off-screen - either we see her in close-up (a lot), or we look over her shoulder as … Continue reading Jackie

Neruda

Director Pablo Larraín gives Chilean poet Pablo Neruda a taste of his own magical reality by mixing elements of Neruda's real life with a fictional police officer who is on his trail. As can be expected, Gael García Bernal beautifully inhabits the self-aware, self-aggrandising fictional sleuth, hot on the trail of Neruda, a fugitive in … Continue reading Neruda

El botón de nácar – The Pearl Button

Director Patricio Guzmán made one of my favourite films of 2012 - Nostalgia de la Luz (Nostalgia for the Light), in which he examined murky aspects of Chile's history. El botón de nácar does the same thing, but over a much broader timespan of subjugation and dictatorship. This time, instead of the desert holding the secrets, it's … Continue reading El botón de nácar – The Pearl Button

No

Very watchable account of true events in Chile in 1988, when international pressure forced dictator Augusto Pinochet into a referendum on whether his dictatorship should continue. Gael Garcia Bernal plays the advertising executive who agrees to manage the anti-Pinochet No campaign in the face of threats from the government's lackeys. This is the third in a … Continue reading No