No attests that the arc of the universe can bend toward justice. The multitalented Gael García Bernal portrays René Saavedra, a brilliant young ad man who, against all odds, engineers a successful 1988 voter campaign to oust brutal Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. His song-and-dance, feel-good strategy causes rancor among the activists who have spent years building a more serious grassroots movement focused on the government’s infamous human rights abuses.
A tense, blow-by-blow examination of office politics, political alignments, and interpersonal drama, No flawlessly interweaves fact and fiction, in part through Larrain’s brilliant choice to shoot in eighties-era videotape, which allows him to interweave historical source material and newly shot footage. He manages to surmount video’s ugly reputation to create a gorgeously directed drama with the ring of historical truth that will leave you feeling inspired about the promise of cinema and the resilience of the human spirit. –Sundance Film Festival
Pablo Larraín was born in 1976 in Santiago, Chile, where he studied audiovisual communication at UNIACC University. He is a founding member of Fabula, a production company producing feature films, television and commercials. In 2005, he directed his first feature film Fuga. In 2007 Pablo Larraín made his second feature film, Tony Manero. The film received its world premiere in May 2008 in the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes. Post Mortem is his third feature film. —cinemadautor.cat
As someone who knows very little about this topic, I was greatful the film existed and was telling this story--on another level, it's a fascinating narrative about politics, idealism, and advertising, anchored by cleverly naturalistic direction from Pablo Larrain and Gael Garcia Bernal keeping his cards close to his vest.
This film seems a reminder to its audience. of how, in politics, nobody should worry to come out very deep, clever or uncompromising. As long as you get the 'media' message right enough: i.e. however corny, you may still succeed in getting the population to trust your 'ad' show. Some may say the 'media' contribution is irrelevant; then, they may 'wake up' when the results are published. On 'NO' the movie, like someone writing before me, I didn't feel enough engaged. Sometimes I don't get why films about the 'past' have to be released at a certain 'now'
An extraordinary incursion in the potential of historical fiction that bypasses dates, landmarks and heroes to show history from within.