Director: Pablo Larrain
Cast: Gael Garcia Bernal
In Spanish, with English subtitles
This movie, representing Chile, is nominated in the Best Foreign Language Film in this year's Academy Awards (for movies of 2012).
The movie centers on Rene Saavedra (Gabriel Garcia Bernal), a young advertising executive, who is persuaded by the opposition leaders to produce an anti-Pinochet ad that disguises as a TV commercial. The move is to persuade Chileans to vote "No" during the referendum that will legitimize the presidency of the military dictator Augusto Pinochet.
The film, despite the bleak backdrop, has humor. There's never a lull moment in this film. It can keep one riveted on his seat while watching this. I like its cinematography - it looks like it's made to appear like an old film (so '80s); or, maybe the cold colors are a suggestion of the tension people felt during the period. Brilliant!
Date seen: February 24, 2013