In this semi-documentary film, patterned after Refugee Conversations by Bertolt Brecht, Raúl Ruiz explores what it means to live in exile. Shot in 1974, this film chronicles the conversations of Chileans in Paris who resolutely hang onto their cultural identity while navigating life in another country. Ruiz offers a provocative portrait of immigrants who struggle for jobs and a decent living but do not blend into the fabric of their new country, still living as though they were in Chile. The film speaks for all immigrants who are far from home. – Amazon
Chilean filmmaker Raúl, or Raoul, Ruiz (1941-2011) was one of the most exciting and innovative filmmakers to emerge from 1960s World Cinema, providing more intellectual fun and artistic experimentation, shot for shot, than any filmmaker since Jean-Luc Godard. A guerrilla who uncompromisingly assaulted the preconceptions of film art, this frightfully prolific figure – he made over 100 films in 40 years – did not adhere to any one style of filmmaking. He worked in 35mm, 16mm and video, for theatrical release and for European TV, and on documentary and fiction features and shorts. His career began in avant-garde theatre where, between 1956 and 1962, he wrote over 100 plays. Although he never directed any of these productions, he did dabble in TV and filmmaking in the early 1960s. In 1968, with the release of his first completed feature, the Cassavetes-like Tres tristes tigres (1968… read more
"I wanted to work in very anonymous apartments to show the situation of exile, the feeling of being nowhere. I used the game of space that I took from the Japanese director Mizoguchi. That’s the kind of space I wanted to use, like Japanese houses where a lot of doors that were open and you never know who was in the other room or how many people live there. Maybe 100, maybe ten people, maybe it’s empty." - Raúl Ruiz
The signs and signifiers of "realism" this film exhibits bely a complex mise-en-scene characterized by a matrix of narrative elements effected by sly camera work laboring in tandem with the naturally occurring specialized spaces of the domestic milieu.
Dialogues of the Exiled 1975 Raoul Ruiz semi-documentary of a group of Chilean exiles soon after arriving in Paris from their homeland in which the Democratically elected government… read review
Magisterial, droll low-budget work is the first film Ruiz made in France after fleeing the Pinochet dictatorship – and also the first feature film of the Chilean diaspora. Many in the Chilean exile… read review