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Post Mortem (2010)

Alfredo Castro , Pablo Larrain  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alfredo Castro
  • Directors: Pablo Larrain
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0083Q4KCC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,778 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Pablo Larrain's follow-up to TONY MANERO is another unnerving look at one man's psychosis set against a country's political and moral turmoil -- here, a lonely morgue clerk whose infatuation with the burlesque dancer next door plays out against the violent chaos of Chile's 1973 military coup.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
This is a Chilean film which uses the military coup of 1973 as a backdrop for a story about two people who were really not meant for each other. I couldn't work out if the relationship was a polemic device for what actually occurred during that time of violence or just a good story, on reflection I was probably getting too deep and `arty'.

Our hero Mario is a morgue assistant who writes down and types up the autopsy reports. He is single and lives opposite a cabaret Dancer, who has been laid off to get some stew inside her as she is seriously anorexic. Mario quite likes a bit of `thin' and so goes about wooing her. This involves fried egg rice, impromptu crying jags and bribery - not exactly Romeo and Juliet.

She does seem to have a number of gentleman admirers and whilst that may go with the territory of being a dancer, I don't think Mario quite likes it. Then the crackdown by the military kicks off and things start to go from messy to not very nice at all.

Because of the autopsies in this you will not be wanting to have a TV dinner whilst watching and I can't imagine a pop corn vendor selling out at any of the screenings. It is a bit close to the old bone. There is no mood music which strips it back to the essential emotions being portrayed by a brilliant cast. The period setting is great from the cars to the fashions. Mario has a hair do like a seventies boutique mannequin - marvellous. It does appear to be slow in places, but when things start to happen you will be glued to the screen. The writer and director Pablo Larrain has made a film about a period in the history of Chile that not a lot of the world knows very much about and he has done it in a visceral and unique way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Post Mortem October 2, 2012
There are several ways to present important episodes of history in film. Very few directors do it in a direct way, presenting the facts and characters as they are or were, while others do it as a so-called "historic-novel," meaning that fictional characters are created with a real-life story as background. The second type is the most used in Hollywood, as they have to create a love story in order that they can present a real life event as the major story. The brilliant "Post Mortem" perhaps belongs to this second group, as it mixes a love story, described by some as funny or maybe dark humor, with one of the most dramatic and sad events in South American history. The result is electrifying and unforgettable.

The main character of the story is Mario (Alfredo Castro), a lonely, sad fellow who works as a transcriber at the forensic institute in Santiago, Chile, where autopsies are performed. He is truly a reserved and lonely man with no apparent opinions or ambitions. While most of his coworkers, including his boss, are in favor of the Salvador Allende's - who was the president of Chile at the time - regime, he seems to really don't care. However, for some reason he is infatuated by Nancy Puelma (Antonia Zegers), who happens to be his neighbor, and who also works as a dancer at a second rate theater. Her best days are over, and she is fired from her job. Alfredo tries to help her, even convincing her ex-boss to give her a second chance, with him agreeing to give his car away for the favor. At that time, Chile is in turmoil because the right-wing, US- sponsored Chilean military forces are trying to overthrow the Allende government. As a result of the eventual coup d'état, hundreds of bodies killed by the military begin arriving for "autopsies.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I think I'm missing something... April 18, 2013
I get the feeling that there is something deeper here I'm not getting, and maybe my detachment from the political aspects of this film are what is serving up my coldness towards the film, but despite certain obvious draws, I just couldn't completely fall in line with this film.

Taking place in Chile, 1973, `Post Mortem' tells a strange tale of obsession. Mario transcribes autopsy reports and falls into an obsessive lust for his neighbor, an anorexic burlesque dancer who is at the end of her career. Political unrest threatens the peace in their lives, and once the military starts to crack down and make their presence more oppressive, things start to go sour, especially when Mario's crush goes missing.

The atmosphere here is pretty entrancing. You can't look away, even if nothing is happening and a lot of the time it feels as though you are watching paint dry. The lighting here is an infectious mixture of grit and rawness. The closing scene is brilliant, simply brilliant, and it is in that closing moment that my doubts about the rest of the film start to fray. Maybe I am missing something, or maybe it is just one of those films that contain a really impressive and deeply unsettling scene and nothing else.

I'm still not sure.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing February 28, 2014
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Disappointing, very low-budget, bottom-basement, Christian horror film about a very untypical serial killer who recruits teenagers to help him commit his murders. Teen angst, serial killer angst, abound, but you won't care much about either the victims or the killers here. Sometimes I had no idea who was being killed or why. Other scenes are just boring flat docudrama-like records of couch parties.
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