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  • Actors: Gabriela Arancibia, Cristobal Briceno, Julio Carrasco
  • Directors: Cristian Jimenez
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Strand Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081LOW5E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #281,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Julio is a struggling young writer who has hit a wall. Unemployed and involved in a half-hearted relationship with his neighbor, things are finally starting to look up when he gets an interview with a renowned author to transcribe his latest work. Things don t go as planned, however, and Julio doesn t get the job. Instead of admitting the truth to his girlfriend, he pretends to be transcribing the novel when actually writing his own story. Searching for inspiration and a plot, Julio revisits a romance he had eight years ago when studying literature in Valdivia. As Julio s novel progresses, so does his fondness for the past and of the love he let slip away. Based on an internationally acclaimed novella, BONSAI is a subtly affecting examination of the lies we tell ourselves in order to get by.

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Witty... Sensual... Delightful! --David Parkinson, Empire

Tender... Touching... Droll! --Melissa Anderson, Art Forum

Touching and amusing! --Lee Marshall, Screen Daily

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Julio is a struggling writer, unemployed, and in a relationship.
Geraldine Ahearn
The other narrative timeline (eight years past) tells the story of his tempestuous relationship with his perceived true love Emilia (Nathalia Galgani).
K. Harris
This is often slow paced, but is also funny, touching, warm and connects on so many levels.
Tommy Dooley

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The Chilean film "Bonsai" is an experience that completely confounded my expectations. I try not to be unduly influenced with how a film is being marketed, instead I like to let it unfold naturally. But, in this instance, I do need to reference how Cristian Jimenez's work is being portrayed in its North American DVD release. The cover art (and its tag line) intimate that this is going to be a quirky comedy, perhaps of a romantic bent. The whimsical graphic, however, has little to do with the actual movie. Although there are elements of comedy, "Bonsai" is a rather serious contemplation of idealized romance and the writing process. There's certainly nothing wrong with that. In fact, it's a lovely film in many ways. The DVD looks so frivolous and lightweight, however, that I just wanted to mention what I thought was a slight disconnect in marketing.

"Bonsai" is a story that takes place over alternating timelines. The contemporary thread introduces our hero (a deadpan Diego Noguera) who is trying to get a foothold into the writing profession. When a transcription job with a famous author falls through, he instead writes something of his own which he passes off to his girlfriend as the professional's work. As he gauges her reactions in some amusing ways, the book continues to morph into a biography of an idealized (but ill-fated) love. The other narrative timeline (eight years past) tells the story of his tempestuous relationship with his perceived true love Emilia (Nathalia Galgani). As it turns out, this is the story he has decided to write in the future. As the two worlds converge, Noguera contemplates the mistakes he's made and reconciles where's he's at in the world with where he envisioned himself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 9, 2012
This is a film by Christian Jiminez based on the book by Alejandro Zambra and it comes from Chile. It was premiered at Cannes and despite a theatre release in both the UK and USA in March went pretty quickly to DVD. It is about Julio who is into literature and we meet him as a student where his reticence to learn Proust is not seen as an aphrodisiac by the woman he wants Emilia. So his literary juices have to start flowing before any others can.

The story then moves on eight years and we meet an older, though equally lazy, Julio who is now with his soul mate. He is approached by a well known author who asks him to transcribe his latest novel as he has written it by hand. Well Julio asks a price but it is too high and so he don't get the gig. He has pretended that he still doing the job and so decides to write to novel himself sharing it with his friend, who becomes his aid and critic without knowing it is his work.

The film keeps going back in chapters eight years and then forward to the present and slowly reveals his inspiration and his lost love.

This is often slow paced, but is also funny, touching, warm and connects on so many levels. There is a lot of rutting but nothing that would induce retching in the maiden aunt so all perfectly acceptable. We also have the futility of poetry the blandness of rock and the power of the written word. The bonsai of the title is a metaphor for dyeing love trapped in a prison of its own making by the co-dependence that is all consuming in such circumstances, and it actually works really well.

This will not be to everyone's taste but as I watch a lot of World cinema I really appreciated it. It is in Spanish with really good sub titles and runs for around 100 minutes. This is for fans of quirky cinema in all its' guises and for fans of the lovelorn, who also like a bibliophile - recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. Severance on March 5, 2014
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This is a quirky indie film which takes place in Chile. Two college students in love with books fall in love with each other. Then they split up and their lives go down hill rather quickly. The central moment in the book/movie is when they both lie to each other about having read Proust's "Rememberence of Things Past". LOL. This is a good film of twenty somethings trying to be hip, intimate, and make life work.
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