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Film info: Post Mortem

Film Information

Original Title Post Mortem
English Title Post Mortem
Director Pablo Larraín
Year 2010
Format 35 mm
Colour Color
Duration 98 min
  • Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Jaime Vadell, Amparo Noguera, Marcelo Alonso
  • Guión: Pablo Larraín, Mateo Iribarren
  • Fotografía: Sergio Armstrong
  • Montaje: Andrea Chignoli
  • Producción: Juan de Dios Larraín


Larraín’s third feature is also the second one to take place in the troubled 1970s, which here are portrayed –instead of with an expensive period production– through heavy, grainy, dirt-colored images where figures have a different thickness. While Tony Manero (which also featured Sergio Armstrong’s cinematography) was set in the golden years of the Pinochet dictatorship, Post Mortem goes back to the days just before the coup. In both films, politics takes place on the background like an ominous curtain. But Mario, a forensic assistant who tries not to get too involved in his work (again the great Alfredo Castro), won’t share the same luck as that murdering dancer: in the third act, he will have to deal directly with the violence the imminent regime unleashes on the bodies. A symbol of a new moment in Chilean cinema where the taboos of political correctness are disappearing, the film’s climax provides meaning to its slow initial exposition, and also suggests some truly unforgettable images to the spectator.

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