As much as I enjoyed “No”, it never quite felt like an Academy Award worthy film, with its strange film quality. The story, however, did come off very Oscar friendly, bring a social injustice to light in a unique and humorous way. Gael Garcia Bernal also carries the film, adding a flair and familiar face to the Chilean film.
Will it win? Not a chance. “Amour” has all the buzz heading into Oscar night and with four other amazing foreign films being nominated, this one feels like the least attractive and least intensive feature.
With a dark humor and riveting performance from Gael Garcia Bernal, this Academy Award nominated foreign film from Chile takes a look at blooming democracy during a Chilean dictatorship in the 80’s. Bernal plays an advertising executive, Rene Saavedra who is contacted to help lead the strike campaign in voting YES or NO in keeping the dictator in office, thus starting the debate for a real democracy. The film is shot in a strange aspect ratio and most often looks like a home video, VHS quality format, taking some of the enjoyment out of what should be an escapist media. Instead, you’re focused on the poor quality and not the well told story or spectacular performances. However, the actual commercials and segments that are played are the highlight of the film and throughout the film you anticipate this moments where the commercials are played.
// Produced by Pablo Larraín // Directed by Pablo Larraín // CHILE //
// Dated Viewed: Friday, February 15th, 2013 // THE LANDMARK // 8 films – 10 days //