No (2012)

No (2012)

No (2012)

Political drama based on a true story, set at the time of Chile's 1988 referendum to unseat military dictator Augusto Pinochet. Gael García Bernal (The Science of Sleep) stars as an ad executive planning the advertising campaign to win the vote and oust Pinochet.

Due to international pressure, Pinochet is forced to call a plebiscite on his presidency. The country will vote YES or NO to extending his rule for another eight years. Opposition leaders for the NO campaign persuade a brash young advertising executive, Rene Saavedra (Bernal), to spearhead their campaign. Against all odds, with scant resources and under scrutiny by the despot's minions, Saavedra and his team devise an audacious plan to win the election and set Chile free.

Winner of CICAE Award, Cannes Film Festival 2012.
2012Rating: M, contains violence and offensive language115 minsChile, Mexico, USASpanish with English subtitles
DramaWorld Cinema

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No (2012) / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Tense throughout, even for history-savvy auds, but still rich in the sort of Andean-soil-black humor that made Larrain's previous work so distinctive.

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Total Film

Total Film

“We have to find a product that’s appealing to people!” says Garcia Bernal at one point. And that’s just what Larraín’s created with this Latin spin on "Mad Men."

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Time Out

Time Out

The essential thrust here is both knowing and undeniable: No is pitched at the pivot point when the image makers were brazen enough to push ideology to the side. Considering how high the stakes were, it’s amazing they almost didn’t get the gig.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A fascinating case study in basic-level democracy.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

The film becomes a sort of boxing match, getting more intense with each round, building to an exciting finish.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

A decisive transitional chapter in Chilean history yields an absorbing account of one country's unlikely route from oppression to democracy

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

Initially jarring, the video aesthetic blends beautifully with period footage to give a smart depiction of a nation in transition. A well-deserved Oscar nominee.

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Boston Globe

Boston Globe

No is a comedy, but of a dangerous sort. Its eyes are open and the laughs tend to stick in your throat.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The most unexpectedly riotous comedy in years -- one with more bite than usual.

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