Thursday, March 28, 2013


On September 11, 1973 Salvador Allende was overthrown in a coup d’état. The country was then ruled by a military dictatorship led by General Augusto Pinochet. What followed was unprecedented in the history of Chile, a police state characterized by systematic suppression of all political dissidence. The number of suspected leftists killed or “disappeared” soon numbered in the thousands.

Gael Garcia Bernal: advertising executive René Saavedra
Antonia Zegers: Renés ex-wife Verónica Carvajal
Alfredo Castro: Renés boss Luis “Lucho” Guzmán

Due to international pressure Pinochet was forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency after 15 years of dictatorship. This fact-based film covers the efforts of the “No” campaign to sway the population using ads on television during the 27 days leading up to the actual vote to extend his rule for another eight years.

However it is shot in low-definition video using jerky hand-held camera which sorely distracts from the viewing pleasure. For me it was not made clear early on that René and his boss were on opposite sides which made it rather confusing as events unfolded. The acting is quite perfunctory as the script does not call upon them to emote all that much.

 for language.

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