No

Dir.: Pablo Larraín | Chile, United States, Mexico 2011 | 117 min

Gael García Bernal is the advertising man René, who during the Chilean military dictatorship's first 'democratic' elections in 1988 used advertising language as a political weapon and against all odds gave the Pinochet regime a struggle to the hilt. The election campaign is held on TV, and every day up to the elections, the opposition and the government are given 15 minutes of broadcasting time each - and for the remainder Pinochet's people are heavily in control of what was being broadcast. An impossible situation, and at the beginning René isn't even that interested in politics. But as things gradually start to move for him and his 'No' campaign, René not only starts awakening people's (and his own) political consciousness. He also attracts the attention of a regime that will do anything to avoid losing power. 'No' is a true and immensely compelling story, which deservedly has been one of last year's most talked-about films. And on top of that, it has the unusual trait of being filmed on the prehistoric U-matic video format, which gives the images a patina like a TV programme from the 1980s, and which has been seamlessly cut together with archive material of those days' demonstrations, TV spots and everyday life.

Original Title
No
Country
Chile, United States, Mexico
Release Year
2011
Duration
117 min.
Directors
Pablo Larraín
Producer
Juan de Dios Larraín, Daniel Dreifuss, Pablo Larraín
Script
Cast
Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers, Luis Gnecco, Marcial Tagle, Néstor Cantillana, Jaime Vadell
Camera
Sergio Armstrong
Sound
Miguel Hormazabal
Editor
Andrea Chignoli
Production Company
Fabula, Participant Media, Funny Balloons, Canana Films
Version
Dialogue: Spanish English Subtitles
Tempo
4
Thrills
4
Sighs
6
Laughs
5
Look
1
Food for thought
6