Previously at the ICA - Films
9 Sep 2011 – 29 Sep 2011
★★★★ "Strangely gripping" The Guardian
★★★★ "Larraín's clever use of almost humorously unconventional framings ... and mysterious low-key performances brings together human comedy and historical tragedy to unique, and surprisingly emotional, effect" Time Out
Pablo Larraín (Tony Manero) returns with the second installment in his trilogy exploring the political turmoil and violence of post-Allende Chile. Post Mortem revolves around Mario (Tony Manero’s Alfredo Castro again), a mortician who, on the day of Pinochet's military coup against socialist president Salvador Allende, finally decides to act on his long-suppressed longing for his neighbour, an ageing erotic dancer, Nancy.
As tanks roll through the city, and protestors throng the streets, Mario’s self-absorbed, borderline psychotic, drive for Nancy’s affections reflects own Pinochet’s sociopathic will to power. Mario’s instability, just as in Tony Manero, mirrors that of the country’s political and moral turmoil. Tense, enigmatic, funny and disturbing in equal measure, Mario haunts every frame of Post Mortem. Larraín’s visual style, all ‘scope widescreen, creeping close-ups, and off-kilter architectural compositions delivers a stunning tense thriller.
Dir. Pablo Larraín, Chile, 2011, Spanish with English subtitles, 15 cert, 98mins, (DCP)
Cast: Alfredo Castro, Marcelo Alonso, Amparo Noguera