September 05, 2012

Bonsai (2011)

Directed by: Cristian Jiménez
Country: Chile

Plot: A young writer recounts an earlier romance in hopes of attracting his new love interest.
Review: “Bonsai” is a simple story that tells us much about life, work, and love, everything wrapped with pertinent philosophical touches. Its objectivity, without any sentimentality or whimper, proved to be its main strength. The curious structure constantly shifts in time between the present and 8 years before and its sluggish pace may be compared with the reading of the seven volumes of Proust’s “In Search of Lost Time” (novel referenced in the plot) - if you have the patience, you’ll find something worthwhile to absorb and reflect about. Just try it!
Relevant awards: Best film - FIPRESCI (Havana); grand Jury Prize (Miami).

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