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Post Mortem (2012)

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Average Rating: 6.9/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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Pablo Larrain's follow-up to Tony Manero is another unnerving look at one man's psychosis set against a country's political and moral turmoil -- here, a lonely morgue clerk whose infatuation with the burlesque dancer next door plays out against the violent chaos of Chile's 1973 military coup. -- (C) Kino Lorber

Aug 21, 2012

$9.8k

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Unfortunately, the pacing also moves at a zombie shuffle, with shots held past the point of ennui to agony.

June 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Mesmerizing, somehow otherworldly...

May 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Mario's life spirals out of control in unexpected ways.

April 13, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Post Mortem is - intentionally - not an engaging movie.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: NPR
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Larrain crafts Post Mortem as a slow, quiet character study, narrowing in on Castro in his home and office while the world outside descends into madness.

April 12, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club
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The first half's pretentiously doom-laden vibe suggests the film is slowly tunneling up its own rigor-mortised rectum. Patience, however, will be rewarded.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Unfortunately, as beautifully presented as it is, and no matter how creepily authentic the autopsied and rotting cadavers look, Post Mortem is D.O.A. in the suspense department.

August 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Horror.com
Horror.com

Post Mortem starts out at a crawl, but it gathers emotional momentum as it pushes forward.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

The violence in Chile in 1973 when the government of Salvador Allende was overthrown seen through the eyes of a mortuary assistant.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

A chilling exploration of the 1973 Pinochet coup soaked in metaphor but rooted in dreadful fact.

April 10, 2012 Full Review Source: indieWIRE
indieWIRE

Pablo Larraín keeps the army's brutality off screen to amplify a sense of oppressive malevolence.

April 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

to film ekselissetai se ena eidos tromoy, me akoma frikiastikoterh thn adynamia soy na fantasteis kamia enallaktikoterh, protimoterh katalhksh

September 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

It's by no means an easy watch, but it's a rewarding and disturbing one.

September 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

An enigmatic but utterly distinctive and troubling film.

September 13, 2011 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

It's a bleak film that becomes positively numbing in its relentless pursuit of that perennial theme, the banality of evil.

September 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Larraín keeps the action tightly focused on his small cast, closing in on a claustrophobic, macabre ending that works as a neat summary of all the deprivation and cruelty that has led up to it.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Electric Sheep
Electric Sheep

It's a frequent complaint that some movies are just too damn slow. And this Chilean film feels like it lasts for days.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Larrain's particular style has fervent devotees, but it can be a little too airless and pre-determined for its own good.

September 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for Post Mortem

Even though I usually don't favor any movie with an ending that piles on, it turns out there is quite a bit to admire in the intriguing "Post Mortem" and what it has to say about perceptions. You wouldn't really notice Mario(Alfredo Castro), a squirrelly middle-aged man who works in the cornorer's office, if you walked past him on the street which allows him to slip through unnoticed backstage at a dance hall to see Nancy(Antonia Zegers), his neighbor, who is literally fading from view. She ordinarily would not give him the time of day but she needs a ride home when she gets fired for losing too much weight, at least until they run into a friend of hers on the way home at a street protest.

Of course, being noticed can sometimes be a hundred times worse because this is Santiago, Chile in 1973. Normally I would cheer on any display of leftist political expression on screen(Just one time, I would love to be at a meeting where everybody cheers Ho Chi Minh's name at a meeting). Here, I was just hoping everybody would lay low for their own safety, knowing that repression and murder are just right around the corner, even though it probably would not have saved their lives. These deaths are not the only ones foreshadowed, as Nancy's death is also foretold. For Mario, also, much of the political action happens just out of earshot which is indicated by the excellent sound engineering. Mario is just old fashioned, rejecting the politics and advances of his attractive colleague Sandra(Amparo Noguera) because she sleeps with other men.
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