“Pablo Larrain's ingenious, debonair biopic uses a blend of fact and fiction to celebrate the poet Pablo Neruda and the power of literature”
A boldly conceived interweaving of history and fiction, Neruda is a lavishly mounted and grandly entertaining tale of the manhunt for exiled Chilean poet, politician and diplomat, Pablo Neruda.
It’s 1948, and the Cold War has reached Chile. Following the President’s outlawing of communism, Neruda (Luis Gnecco) and his artist wife, Delia (Mercedes Morán) are forced into hiding. Aided by their many admirers, they go underground and are pursued by incompetent police inspector Oscar Peluchonneau, (Gael Garcia Bernal), hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the country’s most notorious fugitive. Life on the run holds little charm for the cultured and hedonistic Neruda who conspires to leave tantalising clues for his pursuer to make their game of cat-and-mouse more dangerous, amusing and thrilling.