Following the Chilean president’s outlawing of communism in 1948, poet Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) and his artist wife Delia (Mercedes Morán) are forced into hiding. While the mundanity of life on the run holds little charm for the cultured pair, this also proves to be a time of prolific output for the poet, as Neruda’s ideologically charged poems rouse the people and give voice to the voiceless. There can’t be better directors at work today than Chilean director Pablo Larraín (The Club, No, Tony Manero), who here weaves an engrossing metafictional fable around the 1948 manhunt for the celebrated poet and politician. Introducing the character of a fictional police officer (Bernal), Larraín beautifully renders the period during the poet’s sojourn underground in the late 1940s.
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