‘Neruda’

neruda_ver3Tedium sets in early in director Pablo Larrain’s latest bio. As with his Jackie, Larrain is never rushed in his storytelling and even a manhunt across Chile in the aftermath of World War II verges on inert.

“The most famous Communist on Earth”, Pablo Neruda, is a persona non grata in his own country and is hunted by Inspector Peluchonneau (Gael Garcia Bernal – The Motorcycle Diaries, Amores Perros) from hiding place to hiding place. Neruda is a man unwilling to play by the rules – but the problem is that as played by Luis Gnecco (No, Perez) the poet is not particularly likeable.

Rating: 44%

‘Rosewater’

rosewater_xlgPedestrian adaptation of a true story that had all the hallmarks of suspense, thrills and a few spills. Instead, Rosewater provides no empathy, no sympathy – it’s simply uninvolving and at times deeply tedious.

Such a story deserved better and it made me wonder what it would have been in the hands of a more experienced writer/ director than John Stewart. Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, Amores Perros) tries hard but acting honours belong to the quiet dignity of Shoreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand & Fog).

Rating: 46%