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A film by Pablo Larrain

Pablo Larraín's No dramatises Chile's Berlin Wall moment in 1988. Under international pressure to legitimise his government, but bathing in the support of a newly prosperous middle and upper-middle class and hugely confident of success, General Pinochet allowed a referendum on whether he would be allowed another eight years in office. This movie dramatises the "No" campaign devised by young advertising executive René Saavedra, played by Gael García Bernal, who decided to stay away from angry political images and instead emphasise an upbeat, almost apolitical vision of happiness and the future. For the dispossessed Chilean left, merely participating in the Pinochet plebiscite was already a sellout; now this young media type apparently proposed to take their resistance to tyranny and sell it like some Pepsi alternative to Pinochet's Coke. The campaign triggers a serious debate about how much to remember, and how much to forgive. Larraín's film is simple and direct, heartfelt and involving, shot in a kind of televisual realist style, like the soap operas Saavedra had earlier been promoting, or indeed the nightly 15-minute TV spots the No campaign had to master to get through to the public. No is a happy bookend to Larraín's dark Post Mortem, about the Pinochet coup, which starred Alfredo Castro as the troubled doctor, who returns here as Rene's boss, working for the other side. A fascinating case study in basic-level democracy. Courtesy: Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian (UK)Official Trailer
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Directed by: 
Pablo Larrain
Running Time: 
Spanish with English Subtitles
Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco
Screenplay by: 
Pedro Peirano

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