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Average Rating: 6.9/10
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Julio is a struggling young writer who has hit a wall. Unemployed and involved in a half-hearted relationship with his neighbor, things are finally starting to look up when he gets an interview with a renowned author to transcribe his latest work. Things don't go as planned, however, and Julio doesn't get the job. Instead of admitting the truth to his girlfriend, he pretends to be transcribing the novel when actually writing his own story. Searching for inspiration and a plot, Julio revisits a
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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.
In clumsier hands it would be easy to get lost amid the expanding thicket of narrative twists.
Cristián Jiménez's film knows how entangled the will to know is with the will to make love.
Attractive cinematography shot in warm colours and neat, often comedic, composition.
Like a bonsai, Julio is a stunted developer, and this film is a bit of a miniature curio but also pleasantly odd, funny and warm.
A laid back, ludic literary romance (of sorts) that sets past against present and story against story.
Jiménez's drama is crisply imprinted; another fine recent Chilean effort.
intriguing because of its Escheresque style of storytelling, but its intellectual appeal fails to reach the heart
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