#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Military dictator Augusto Pinochet calls for a referendum to decide his permanence in power in 1988, the leaders of the opposition persuade a young daring advertising executive – René Saavedra – to head their campaign. With limited resources and under the constant scrutiny of the despot’s watchmen, Saavedra and his team conceive of a bold plan to win the election and free their country from oppression.
Plot: In 1988, Chilean military dictator Augusto Pinochet, due to international pressure, is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to Pinochet extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the ‘No’ vote persuade a brash young advertising executive, René Saavedra, to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and while under scrutiny by the despot’s minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.
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Interesting and informative movie about the events that started the transition in Chile from the dictatorship to the democracy.
This is an amazing true story. The directing feels messy, but it’s clear that it was intended to imitate the mess that surrounded this story in real life.
Pinochet was one of several dictators that was installed by United States through the agency of the CIA. Why? We can only guess that the sitting Chilean president had left leanings which seems to piss off Americans to no end. (Health care? Oh no – that would be socialist!! Much better to let citizens die or go bankrupt trying to survive.)
The USA’s little puppet then proceeded to murder and torture thousands of Chileans. Quite probably, the US trained those torturers. The official count is 29,000, plus 3000 dead, plus an uncounted number of “desaparecidos” (mysteriously missing forever).
It is beneficial to first watch “Nostalgia de la Luz” which will help give you some understanding of Chileans’ relationship with Pinochet.
a nostalgic celebration of a defining moment in a small country’s big history
Pablo Larrain’s “No” has been short listed for the academy award for best foreign language film, though I completely forgot about this as I was drawn in by the story, once the lights were back on and I started going over the film in my head, I was – though pleasantly – very surprised by the academy’s decision. Intermitted with the somewhat weak personal story of Rene with his son and ex-wife, a large part of the movie plays out in a celebratory tone as a trip down memory lane extravaganza for the Chilean collective conscious.
Now I don’t mean to say people not from Chile will not be able to enjoy this film, but starting in the first minutes with the commercial for FREE COLA to the part where they actually had now 94 year old ex President Aylwin in a cameo role that made me and my family jump up and scream “was that really him?” so much of the meat of this movie lies in its faithful reproduction of a sometimes uncomfortably near past for us Chileans.
This being said, audiences of all nations and sizes will be able to appreciate the mature and paced unraveling of this most unexpected work of cinema. The film does not seek to tackle the big unresolved conflicts of our long decades of dictatorship and the questionable transition to democracy (and this is perhaps appropriate given the history and context of the film director himself) but rather tells a story of an ad man and how he put in his two cents in a time of changing institutions and a time when a suddenly modern Chile was looking with optimism to a new millennium.
Excellent Political Drama
People can say the Academy is worthless but at the end of the day it is still useful to point me in the direction of a movie I could easily have overlooked. If No hadn’t been nominated for an Oscar I probably wouldn’t have heard of it, watched. It probably wouldn’t even have come out in Portugal. I’m glad it did because it’s an excellent political drama about the twilight of Pinochet’s regime in Chile.
Gael García Bernal plays René Saveedra, an ad executive who helps a coalition of parties to organize a campaign to vote Pinochet out of power in a referendum. Although Pinochet had ruled Chile for over a decade when, international pressure forced him to take measures to legitimize his regime, hence a referendum to vote YES or NO to his staying in power. This gives a coalition of parties (mainly left-wing, from what I understood) temporary freedom to pass TV spots against his regime. This unusual premise results in a fine movie.
Although García Bernal isn’t one of my favourite actors, I have to applaud him for almost carrying the movie alone. He gives a fine, subdued performance, nothing two showy, but efficient. His character is more interested in marketing techniques than politics, and the irony is that he joins the campaign not because of beliefs but because he thinks they’re doing a horrible job and he can do better. He takes marketing very seriously. All the other actors are mysteries to me, I’ve never seen them before, but they do a fine job too. I have to single out Alfredo Castro, who plays Lucho Guzmán, René’s boss in the marketing agency. Lucho is an oily, two-faced, cowardly Pinochet sympathizer working in the YES campaign. They’re always at each other’s throats because René is working for the NO, and their discussions constitute many memorable scenes.
Prior to this movie I had never heard of Pablo Larraín before, but I liked the way he shot this movie. He used a video support from the ’80s to make it look like a homemade movie from the era, which is an interesting choice because when the film footage is mixed with the life ad footage of the time, there’s almost a complete harmony. As for the screenplay, Pedro Peirano does a good job too. I was amused to learn this was based on a play by Antonio Skármeta, famous for a novel about Pablo Neruda. I though the novel was horrible but at least resulted in a great Italian movie called The Postman.
I’m a huge fan of political movies, whether they be thrillers like Z, satires like In The Loop, or war like The Battle of Algiers, and I think No is a strong addition to this subgenre of cinema. It has drama, it has humour, the dialogue is intelligent, and the discussions about the power of marketing to influence people remain timeless. In fact I liked the fact that movie spent a lot of time going over about marketing techniques – it could only have paid lip service to it and focused only on the characters, but no, this movie shows the decisions ad executives take and what goes in their mind when they’re coming up with ads to convince people to buy, do or think something. This view of the profession alone is worth watching the movie.
Original Language es
Runtime 1 hr 58 min (118 min)
Director Pablo Larraín
Writer Pedro Peirano, Antonio Skármeta
Actors Gael García Bernal, Alfredo Castro, Antonia Zegers
Country Chile, France, Mexico, United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 13 wins & 21 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Dolby Digital
Aspect Ratio 1.40 : 1
Camera Ikegami HL-79EAL
Film Length N/A
Negative Format U-matic
Cinematographic Process Digital Intermediate (2K) (master format)
Printed Film Format 35 mm (spherical), D-Cinema