Mario, 55, works in a morgue typing autopsy reports. In the midst of the 1973 military coup that left Pinochet in charge of Chile, he fantasises about his neighbour Nancy, a cabaret dancer, who mysteriously disappears. Mario begins a frantic search.
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Majestic. The sense of dread, the pre-apocalyptic vibe, the atrocity exhibition of bodies and faces, the banality of evil... "Post Mortem" is quintessentially, a horror movie - think Marco Bechis' "Garage Olympo". The 8-minute closing shot is breathtaking.
I dug Tony Manero, and I liked this even more! The double bill does a great job of showing a director develop, adding shade and meaning to how he users a specific character study to reflect on the culture that allows a dictatorship to take over. And anyone who watches them should follow it up with his 2013 film No, which is even better in context—one of the best films of the decade, by my count.
Lunatic but nevertheless factual and veridic. Pinochet dictatorship explored through the point of view of a well-made character who's the beginning and the end of Larrain's movie. The power of dead beneath governmental control and its social implications.
The framing and composition in this film are astoundingly beautiful. The space off the screen is cleverly used; important, even though we cannot see what goes on. The film conveys the events of the 1973 military coup with historical accuracy and grizzly precision while at the same time documenting the effect on the main characters who wander around aimlessly,detached from their surroundings,in a sort of moral haze.