The Club (El Club) (2016)
Critic Consensus: The Club finds director Pablo Larraín continuing to pose difficult questions while exploring weighty themes -- and getting the most out of a talented cast.
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as Padre Vidal
as Hermana Mónica
as Padre García
as Father Silva
as Padre Lazcano
as Gonzalo, surfer 1
as Father Ortega
as Father Ramírez
as Padre Alfonso
as Diego, surfer 2
as greyhound trainer 1
as Cata, surfer girl
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Critic Reviews for The Club (El Club)
Larrain makes all of his damaged characters somewhat likable and sympathetic (although the likability dims toward the end). Which only makes this meditation on mercy, forgiveness and twisted raw power more disturbing.
It's an interesting movie, odd and disturbing by design. But it's also effective.
Larrain consciously took on the difficult, complicated themes of faith, truth and guilt here, a commendable task considering that avoiding the topic has been part of why it has escaped confrontation for so long.
We can't but enjoy the movie and its oddball characters - which makes us somehow complicit in their crimes.
However artful Larraín's intentions, these are subjects best regarded with clarity.
Audience Reviews for The Club (El Club)
Jet black comedy drama exploring a difficult issue in different and challenging ways. It has a superb cast, eerie score and some very interesting sequences. It's everything I wanted Cavalry to be.
Larraín tackles a thorny subject like child molestation and other misdemeanors in the Catholic Church with great tact, and if at first the film's ironic conclusion may feel a bit contrived, it ends up giving a well-deserved punch on the revolting hypocrisy of said religious institution.
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