Described by prolific director Pablo Larrain (The Club, Jackie) as “more of a ‘Nerudian’ film than it is a film about Neruda”; this latest provocative work weaves an exuberantly irreverent fantasy around events in the life of the poet and politician. In the early days of the Cold War, as Chile aligned itself with America, Neruda’s communist convictions saw him branded an enemy of the state and he was obliged to go into hiding. Gormless police inspector Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal) is soon on the case in a playful, fantastic-looking film that is as entertainingly constructed as it is surprisingly illuminating.
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Jay Weissberg, Variety
...[Neruda] representing the director at his stunning best with a work of such cleverness and beauty, alongside such power, that it’s hard to know how to parcel out praise: script, cinematography, art direction and performances all vie for kudos and awards.