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3.7
592 Ratings

Post Mortem

Directed by Pablo Larraín
Chile, Mexico, 2010
Drama
  • Spanish
  • English

Synopsis

Mario, 55, works in a morgue typing autopsy reports. In the midst of the 1973 military coup that left Pinochet in charge of Chile, as bodies are piling up in the morgue, he fantasises about his neighbour Nancy, a cabaret dancer, who mysteriously disappears. Mario begins a frantic search.

Our take

A chilly, slow-burning drama, Post Mortem is simultaneously droll and stark, witnessing a political nightmare in super-widescreen and with a distinctly offbeat sensibility. Pablo Larraín’s second instalment in his unintentional dictatorship-era trilogy.

Post Mortem Directed by Pablo Larraín

Critics reviews

Larraín’s penchant for mixing the oblique and the blatant — the film’s title obviously announces a dissection of the body politic — becomes more pronounced in the film’s second half, as Mario finds himself official recorder at Allende’s autopsy (a shocking sequence filmed on the actual site of the operation, complete with original dissecting table) and “theatre” takes on a double meaning as both medical and performative space, an arena of scientific examination and political stagecraft.
December 13, 2016
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It’s Larraín’s attention to the personal ramifications of the era’s political practices, along with the aesthetic establishment of mood and the narrative organization of his characters’ everyday lives—in this case, the obsession a lonely morgue assistant named Mario (Alfredo Castro) develops for a local cabaret dancer (Antonia Zegers)—that creates a natural tension which ultimately begs for a relief that the director suggests may never arrive.
April 22, 2013
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