Summary: Gael García Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries) stars as René Saavedra, an advertising executive who risks his life by devising a campaign to defeat dictator Augusto Pinochet in Chile’s 1988 leadership referendum. Directed by Pablo Larraín, this chapter in recent Chilean history is an absorbing account of one country’s unlikely route from oppression to democracy. Steeped in realism thanks to cinematography shot using period-specific U-matic video cameras, “Mr. Larraín blurs the line between the fiction and the clips from the real ‘No’ campaign woven throughout” (New York Times). The film is based on the play El Plebiscito, written by Antonio Skármeta.
Australian Cinema Release Date: 18th April, 2013
Australian DVD Release Date: TBA
Director: Pablo Larrain
Screenwriter: Pedro Peirano, Antonio Skarmeta (play)
Cast: Cesar Arredondo (himself), Maricarmen Arrigorriaga (herself), Patricio Aylwin (himself), Maria Teresa Bacigalupe (herself), Patricio Banados (himself), Shlomit Baytelman (herself), Gael Garcia Bernal (Rene Saavedra), Carlos Cabezas (Ponce), Nestor Cantillana (Fernando), Alfredo Castro (Lucho Guzman), Carlos Caszely (himself), Jaime de Aguirre (himself), Marco Antonio de la Parra (himself), Richard Dreyfuss (himself), Maria Elena Duvauchelle (herself), Cecilia Echenique (herself), Roberto Farias (Marcelo), Jane Fonda (herself), Juan Forch (himself), Eugenio Garcia (himself), Ana Maria Gazmuri (herself), Luis Gnecco (Jose Tomas Urrutia), Alejandro Goic (Ricardo), Claudio Guzman (himself), Delfina Guzman (herself), Sergio Hernandez (Militar), Consuelo Holzapfel (herself), Luz Jimenez (herself/Kiki Blanche), Julio Jung (himself), Marcela Medel (herself), Gabriela Medina (herself), Maiten Montenegro (herself), Pascal Montero (Simon Saavedra), Paloma Moreno (Fran), Florcita Motuda (himself), Diego Munoz (Carlos), Claudio Narea (himself), Manuela Oyarzun (Sandra), Cristina Parra (herself), Isabel Parra (herself), Javiera Parra (herself), Carmen Maria Pascal (herself), Tati Pena (herself), Augusto Pinochet (himself), Malucha Pinto (herself), lsa Poblete (Carmen), Christopher Reeve (himself), Milena Rojas (herself), Osvaldo Silva (himself), Marcial Tagle (Alberto Arancibia), Eugenio Tironi (himself), Jaime Vadell (Minister Fernandez), Juan Gabriel Valdes (himself), Reinadlo Vallejo (himself), Jorge Yanez (himself), Antonia Zegers (Veronica Carvajal)
Runtime: 117 mins
Dave Griffiths’s ‘No’ Review: Please check Episode #28 (available 18th April, 2013) of our The Good The Bad The Ugly Podcast for our review of ‘No’.
Other Subculture Media Reviews of ‘No′: Nil