Post Mortem • 1h 37m
Pablo Larraín • 2010 • Chile • A civil servant unravels as Pinochet's Chile heads toward bloodshed
Chile, 1973. Mario is a civil servant at the state morgue, where he transcribes notes dictated by the coroner. A tryst with his neighbor draws him into a conflict—Nancy's activist friends are being ferreted out by the authorities, while Mario's morgue is piling up with left-wing dissidents.
Marbled in black humor and with sustained attention to the subtle forms of violence—psychological, political, corporeal—of a military coup that remains largely offscreen, Post Mortem allegorizes a nation's path from complacency, to complicity, to ruin. Pablo Larraín's third feature premiered at Venice, San Sebastián, and Cartagena, where it won Best Film.
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