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Film Review - Neruda


After dazzling audiences with “Jackie,” his take on American history, director Pablo Larrain makes a quick return to theaters with a piece of his homeland. And established student of Chile and its political unrest (helming the inventive “No” and “The Club”), Larrain and screenwriter Guillermo Calderon try to make sense out of the life and times of Pablo Neruda in “Neruda,” which isn’t a strict biographical dissection, but more of a free-flowing assessment of character and spirit. It’s an odd picture that weaves though fact and fiction, toying with reality as it tinkers with noir-ish flavors and conflicted souls. Larrain makes a valiant effort to keep Neruda an interesting subject, bending his public persona as much as he can to conjure a stimulating assessment of personality and behavior to best fuel this odyssey into South American history. Read the rest at


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