Socialist Worker

Post Mortem

by Edward Ward
Issue No. 2266

Set against the backdrop of the Chilean coup of 1973, Post Mortem explores a nation torn between left and right.

Mario (Alfred Castro) is not engaged by politics—until he falls in love with cabaret dancer Nancy (Antonia Zegers), and gets involved in Pinochet’s military uprising.

According to director Pablo Larrain, the love affair is symbolic of the craving for socialism— noble, but elusive.

Cinematically beautiful, Post Mortem makes brilliant use of sound and camera angles to draw the viewer into the confrontations on Santiago’s streets.

But the lack of direct narrative relating to the coup itself can leave the viewer wanting more.

Post Mortem, directed by Pablo Larrain, is out on 11 September

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Tue 23 Aug 2011, 17:58 BST
Issue No. 2266
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