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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In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men and the woman who tends to the house and their needs. All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to purge the sins of their pasts, the separation from their communities the worst form of punishment by the Church. They keep to a strict daily schedule devoid of all temptation and spontaneity, each moment a deliberate effort to atone for their wrongdoings. Their fragile stability is disrupted by the arrival of an emissary from the Vatican who seeks to understand the effects of their isolation, and a newly-disgraced housemate. Both bring with them the outside world from which the men have long been removed, and the secrets they had thought deeply buried. The Club is acclaimed director Pablo Larraín's taut, blackly comic commentary on individual responsibility, organized religion and the combustible combination of the two.

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Alfredo Castro
as Padre Vidal
Antonia Zegers
as Hermana Mónica
Marcelo Alonso
as Padre García
Jaime Vadell
as Father Silva
José Soza
as Padre Lazcano
Gonzalo Valenzuela
as Gonzalo, surfer 1
Alejandro Goic
as Father Ortega
Alejandro Sieveking
as Father Ramírez
Francisco Reyes
as Padre Alfonso
Diego Muñoz
as Diego, surfer 2
Erto Pantoja
as greyhound trainer 1
Catalina Pulido
as Cata, surfer girl
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Critic Reviews for The Club (El Club)

All Critics (87) | Top Critics (27)

The Club is a startling and disturbing film in many ways - and replete with ideas.

Mar 24, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Mar 4, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Detroit News
Top Critic

It's an interesting movie, odd and disturbing by design. But it's also effective.

Mar 3, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

Feb 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

We can't but enjoy the movie and its oddball characters - which makes us somehow complicit in their crimes.

Feb 19, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

However artful Larraín's intentions, these are subjects best regarded with clarity.

Feb 18, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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.

Daniel Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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