Bonsái Reviews

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April 24, 2020
I got a kick out of it despite trying to resist it.
February 25, 2019
Chilean director Cristián Jiménez's "Bonsái" is the essence of cosmopolitan provincialism. A superbly grounded, programmatically small, meta-literary tragicomedy of student-boho life.
August 27, 2018
A script full of quirky deadpan moments never allows the film to become too ponderous. The intriguing, oddball protagonists are the biggest draw.
July 13, 2012
A melancholy story of romance and regret with moments of drollery and sweetness along the way.
June 15, 2012
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.
May 17, 2012
Bonsai illustrates the unbearable lightness of loneliness in a quiet, delicate manner.
May 11, 2012
This isn't a story of Shakespearean proportions, but it's a sweet peg for this complex, carefully constructed gem.
May 10, 2012
In clumsier hands it would be easy to get lost amid the expanding thicket of narrative twists.
May 10, 2012
A creative film from Chile about love, books and bonsai.
May 8, 2012
Cristin Jimnez's film knows how entangled the will to know is with the will to make love.
May 8, 2012
Bonsi seems like a veritable thicket of illuminating references and correspondences. A kind of poetry sprouts up even in some of the inevitable sad-twee flourishes.
April 10, 2012
Attractive cinematography shot in warm colours and neat, often comedic, composition.
April 1, 2012
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.
March 30, 2012
A laid back, ludic literary romance (of sorts) that sets past against present and story against story.
March 29, 2012
Jimnez's drama is crisply imprinted; another fine recent Chilean effort.
March 29, 2012
The quiet understatement of the work bears endless reflection.
March 29, 2012
It's a brave irony that a film besotted with the pages of Proust is built around a character who couldn't be more of a closed book.
February 25, 2012
intriguing because of its Escheresque style of storytelling, but its intellectual appeal fails to reach the heart
February 23, 2012
One of the finest accomplishments from the freewheeling new generation of Chilean filmmakers.
October 7, 2011
Cristin Jimnez likes quirkiness and his enthusiasm for it, evidenced in his first film Optical Illusions and again here, goes a good way to convincing you to take the ride.
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