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Pablo Larrain

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About the Movie

It's 1948 and the Cold War has reached Chile. In congress, Senator (and renowned poet) Pablo Neruda (Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Communist Party and is swiftly impeached by the president. Police Prefect Oscar Peluchonneau (Bernal) is assigned to arrest the poet. Neruda tries to flee the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril, but they are forced into hiding, where Neruda writes his epic collection of poems, "Canto General". In Europe, the legend of the poet hounded by the policeman grows, and artists led by Pablo Picasso clamor for Neruda's freedom. Neruda sees this struggle with his nemesis Peluchonneau as an opportunity to reinvent himself, and he sets about playing games with the inspector, leaving clues designed to make their conflict more dangerous, and more intimate. In this story of a persecuted poet and his implacable adversary, Neruda recognizes his own heroic possibilities: a chance to become both a symbol for liberty and a literary legend.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 141
  • Fresh: 132
  • Rotten: 9
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A virtual fireworks show about the power of poetry and fame on the world. – Joe McGovern, Entertainment Weekly, Dec 17, 2016

Fresh: Sweeping, poignant, bizarre, funny and unique. – Nicholas Barber, Newsweek, Apr 20, 2017

Fresh: As in all his movies, Larrain is an expert juggler of tones: by turns antic and lyrical, Neruda is shot with a dark, nocturnal beauty and a mournful orchestral score. – Ella Taylor, NPR, Dec 29, 2016

Fresh: It reminds us that movies, by their very nature, owe far more to poetry than they ever will to the novel. – Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Dec 27, 2016

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Customer Reviews


Very well made foregn film about Pablo Neruda. Well acted, written, and directed. It daes drag a little at times but is still pretty good.

Good movie.

If you like your biopic heroes romanticized so far behind reality that you find yourself sympathizing for his stupid cause, you'll love this movie! If not, you might just not hate this movie.


Sublime intersection of politics and art!

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2016

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