Chile, 1988. Due to rising international pressure, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet has agreed to hold an "election" after 15 years of uncontested leadership. Not an election in the regular sense of the word, the public is supposed to vote simply "Yes" or "No" to Pinochet staying in power. The public realises this is a farce and the results will be rigged regardless, so are majorly of the opinion that they will not bother to vote, something the ruling party is banking on. The parties that are in favour of the "No" hire an up-and-coming advertisement executive René Saavedra (Bernal) to come up with a campaign for the "No" camp and urge people to just go out on the day and vote!
I must admit I bought this having no prior knowledge of the film or, indeed, of this part of history. I got this only because I'm a huge fan of Gael Garcia Bernal, and director Pablo Larraín's previous film Tony Manero. And I must say, I was so glad I did, because this is a brilliant film! Bernal's performance, as expected is the high point of this very engrossing film. Larraín went on to make last year's applauded biopics Jackie and Neruda, the latter again with Bernal.
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