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Rated R · 107 minutes · 2016
Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larraín follows up his provocative Jackie with another quicksilver tale from the overlooked side of history: the life and times of Pablo Neruda, internationally renowned poet, communist legislator, and free-spirited political gadfly during that country’s rightward tilt in the post-WWII era. Actor Luis Gnecco takes the perfect ironic trickster tone as the puckish poet, with Mercedes Morán as his jet-setter wife and Gael García Bernal as a government cop assigned to bring Neruda in, no questions asked. What follows is more of a breezy stream of consciousness – although studded with breathtaking dramatic moments – than a standard-brand chase thriller. Guillermo Calderón’s screenplay and Larraín’s piquant scene-setting are marvels of characterization (107 min., 2016, rated R) (K.V.)
Director: Pablo Larraín
Producer: Juan de Dios Larraín, Peter Danner, Renan Artukmac, Alex Zito, Juan García, Ignacio Rey, Gastón Rothschild, Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Marc Simoncini, Mariane Hartard and Rocio Jadue
Cast: Luis Gnecco, Gael García Bernal, Mercedes Morán, Diego Muñoz, Pablo Derqui, Michael Silva, Jaime Vadell, Alfredo Castro, Francisco Reyes, Alejandro Goic and Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

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