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508 Ratings

The Wandering Soap Opera

La telenovela errante

Chile, 2017
Fantasy, Comedy, Drama


A series of dreamily interconnected vignettes whose characters find themselves in all types of absurd situations combining melodrama and fantasy. The antics of soap archetypes like adulterers and femme fatales are treated with irony, resulting in some satirical commentary on Chilean politics.

The Wandering Soap Opera Directed by Raúl Ruiz, Valeria Sarmiento
“The Wandering Soap Opera,” shot in fuzzy-gumdrop colors on Super 16-millimeter film, offers a portal into that world, a series of sketches by a master whose work always rewards discovery.
May 15, 2019
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A gift for Ruiz fans. In a somewhat Borgesian paradox, which seems entirely characteristic, the film can be seen as a sort of sequel to the director’s actual final film, Night Across the Street (2012), a quasi-autobiographical last return to his Chilean roots and memories, also premiered after his death in 2011.
February 09, 2018
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Clearly relishing the stylistic leeway afforded by the genre—the film’s prismatic color palette and exaggerated decoupage provide enough aesthetic pleasures to make one mourn yet again the absence of one of cinema’s great stylists—Ruiz takes as fanciful an approach to the film’s visual design as he does its object of critique.
September 01, 2017
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