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803 Ratings

The Club

El Club

Directed by Pablo Larraín
Chile, 2015


Four men and the woman who tends to their needs live in a secluded house. All former priests, they’ve been sent to this quiet exile to purge the sins of their past. Their stability is disrupted by the arrival of an emissary from the Vatican who seeks to understand the effects of their isolation.

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The Club Directed by Pablo Larraín

Awards & Festivals

Berlin International Film Festival

2015 | Winner: Silver Berlin Bear (Grand Jury Prize)

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

2015 | 2 wins including: Best Actor

Golden Globes (USA)

2016 | Nominee: Best Motion Picture - Foreign Language

Nobody is likely to hail Larraín as a great visual stylist. His Scope compositions are unadventurous and his film language and editing syntax are fundamentally orthodox. The climactic crosscutting between two acts of violence seems to spring from an impulse to produce a ‘punchy’ finale; all it actually brings to the film is a redundant hint of melodrama. But The Club is written and acted with great skill and remarkable sensitivity to the warped thought processes of paedophiles and their victims.
March 04, 2016
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What to make of a movie like this? The Club isn’t really about molestation or politics so much as it is about the mysterious netherworld of guilt, shame, fear, and righteousness, and how those things sometimes become tangled together. It’s occasionally beautiful, but just as often stomach-turning. You watch it at a remove, but still with a combination of pity and horror and regret. Maybe that’s the idea. For a brief, agonizing moment, you share the spiritual quicksand with these disgraced men.
February 07, 2016
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The Club is Larraín’s angriest, most off-putting film since Tony Manero, which says nothing about how the director’s developing: he’s scheduled to next knock out two biopics (of Pablo Neruda and, leaping to Hollywood, Jackie Kennedy). For now, The Club stands as an end to (or least pause in) Larraín’s examinations of his country during and after Pinochet, again demonstrating that the past is still present in Chile while widening the scope of his indictment.
February 05, 2016
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