Post Mortem

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The latest from Chilean writer-director Pablo Larran (of 2008 NYFF entry Tony Manero) deals disastrously with the effects of the Augusto Pinochet regime. Post Mortem takes place in the days leading up to and immediately after the 1973 coup, when the government of democratically elected socialist Salvador Allende was violently overthrown. Morose morgue worker Mario (Alfredo Castro) falls for his neighbor, a burlesque dancer, and tries to woo her away from her Popular Front boyfriend. There are plenty of art-film trappings—an eerily quiet soundtrack, rigorous long takes, even a POV sex scene—but this is as laughably bad an evocation of history as Michael Bay's Pearl Harbor.—Keith Uhlich

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