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March 10, 2013 at 6:04 pm | Posted in 2013 | Leave a comment
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This film about the ad campaign to vote General Pinochet from office in Chilé was an Academy Award nominee this year.  Honestly, I could not begin to guess why.  I am fairly sure the film was meant to be a comedy but I wasn’t the only one in the audience who didn’t laugh once.  There were a few polite, awkward chuckles in places that were probably meant to be funny but the nicest thing I can say is that the humor must be cultural.  I do not typically mind rough production values but (at least at my cinema) there were distracting ghost images in parts of the movie and the subtitles often went by too fast to finish reading them.  Gael Garcia Bernal ( “Y Tu Mamá También,” “Bad Education”) is a fine actor whose acting here was so subtle as to be almost flat, which is the word I would use to describe the film overall: flat.  Dull, even.  So little happens and it happens so slowly that I started nodding off in the middle.  By focusing on Bernal’s muted reaction, the climactic scene is almost deliberately anti-climactic and the finally scene is just odd.  Overall, this was a real disappointment.

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