Post Mortem (2012)
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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
Apr 11, 2012 Limited
Aug 21, 2012
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Unfortunately, the pacing also moves at a zombie shuffle, with shots held past the point of ennui to agony.
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.
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.
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.
Post Mortem starts out at a crawl, but it gathers emotional momentum as it pushes forward.
The violence in Chile in 1973 when the government of Salvador Allende was overthrown seen through the eyes of a mortuary assistant.
A chilling exploration of the 1973 Pinochet coup soaked in metaphor but rooted in dreadful fact.
Pablo Larraín keeps the army's brutality off screen to amplify a sense of oppressive malevolence.
to film ekselissetai se ena eidos tromoy, me akoma frikiastikoterh thn adynamia soy na fantasteis kamia enallaktikoterh, protimoterh katalhksh
It's by no means an easy watch, but it's a rewarding and disturbing one.
It's a bleak film that becomes positively numbing in its relentless pursuit of that perennial theme, the banality of evil.
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.
It's a frequent complaint that some movies are just too damn slow. And this Chilean film feels like it lasts for days.
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