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It flows along placidly, heated only occasionally by a bit of sex or disco dancing.
A melancholy story of romance and regret with moments of drollery and sweetness along the way.
Scenes of breezy intimacy mix well with deadpan comic moments, and Noguera's face is that rare male visage that seems boyishly opaque but over time suggests deep reserves of melancholy.
Bonsai illustrates the unbearable lightness of loneliness in a quiet, delicate manner.
This isn't a story of Shakespearean proportions, but it's a sweet peg for this complex, carefully constructed gem.
Audience Reviews for Bonsái
In "Bonsai," a group of university students spend the night together at a friend's house where they all pair off. That leaves Julio(Diego Noguera) looking for company which he finds with Emilia(Nathalia Galgani). Of the two, he is the first one to take off his trendy T-shirt, revealing the worst sunburn lines in history. After they become a couple, he also helps her move in with her friend Barbara(Gabriela Arancibia).
(At some point in the future, Emilia will die and Julio will be alone.)
Eight years later, Julio is working a series of odd jobs that includes word processing for Gazmuri(Hugo Medina), a noted author. Except he finds that somebody can do the job cheaper. That does not stop Julio from continuing with the job, concocting his own manuscript, while carrying on with his neighbor Blanca(Trinidad Gonzalez), an interpreter.
Armed with a sardonic wit, "Bonsai" is a thoughtful movie about revisiting the past through creative writing, by posing some intriguing questions. Is it ever too late to reclaim what was lost? Or maybe there was no hope in the first place. For Julio, this line of thought arises when he is meeting someone new, as he also remembers his first introduction to the writing of Proust who had his own second thoughts.(Before a showing of the movie of "Time Regained," the speaker asked the audience if we had all read Proust, like in this movie. I hadn't) But with any difficult literature, maybe Julio is not experienced enough to comprehend it well at a time when he was taking a lot for granted. Remember, just because you are smart, does not mean you know everything.
If Bret McKenzie and an angst-ridden Denise Huxtable had Chilean doppelgangers, they would be playing the lead roles of this film. Well-made adaptation (no easy feat) and engaging characters that welcome a closer look.
A delightful auto-biographical nostalgic look back at a struggling author's college years and examination of his past relationships with most emphasis on his college girlfriend. Pace is a bit pedantic and slow due to utilization of long takes of the minutia of everyday life by a NOT so genetically blessed cast, but it will slowly charms you because his nostalgia caused by his late twenty something frustration with his stalled life is so very relateable. 500 Days of Summer was the film that came to mind since Bonsai also examines the start and end of relationship(s) via switching montages between different times for the plot to unfold. While not as quirky as 500 Days, Bonsai was, like a good dog eared book that took you some time to finish, an impressive and endearing entry from the emerging Chilean film industry
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