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.
Unfortunately, the pacing also moves at a zombie shuffle, with shots held past the point of ennui to agony.
| Original Score: 2/4
Mesmerizing, somehow otherworldly...
| Original Score: 3/4
Mario's life spirals out of control in unexpected ways.
Post Mortem is - intentionally - not an engaging movie.
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.
| Original Score: B+
Post Mortem starts out at a crawl, but it gathers emotional momentum as it pushes forward.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
The violence in Chile in 1973 when the government of Salvador Allende was overthrown seen through the eyes of a mortuary assistant.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
[A] grim, intense, mordantly comic little film...
Often drolly, coolly morbid, Post Mortem also operates just as effectively in a more nakedly direct register.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
to film ekselissetai se ena eidos tromoy, me akoma frikiastikoterh thn adynamia soy na fantasteis kamia enallaktikoterh, protimoterh katalhksh
| Original Score: 4/5
It's by no means an easy watch, but it's a rewarding and disturbing one.
An enigmatic but utterly distinctive and troubling film.
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Larrain's particular style has fervent devotees, but it can be a little too airless and pre-determined for its own good.