Movie spotlight: "Post Mortem"

  • Article by: COLIN COVERT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 21, 2012 - 2:16 PM

A satire from Chile.

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Alfredo Castro and Antonia Zegers in "Post Mortem"

 

Chilean director Pablo Larrain delivers a potent cocktail of biting satire and subzero absurdism in "Post Mortem" (★★, unrated, in subtitled Spanish). The film is a melancholic comedy about a morgue attendant (mournful looking Alfredo Castro) with a crush on a neighbor who dances in the local Folies Bergère. When her relatives are disappeared by the military in the 1973 coup overthrowing the democratically elected regime of Salvador Allende, she goes into hiding and finds herself dependent on her wan suitor for food and safety. As corpses pile up at the Santiago morgue, Castro becomes a symbol of every timid citizen who has sleepwalked through a time of crisis. Unfortunately, the pacing also moves at a zombie shuffle, with shots held past the point of ennui to agony. (7 and 9 p.m. Mon.-Tue., Trylon Microcinema, 3258 Minnehaha Av. S., Mpls., $8 at take-up.org or the box office.)

COLIN COVERT

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