Chile | 2011 | 95mins | 35mm | Colour | Subtitled
Reading Flaubert and Proust with your girlfriend after a passionate bout of lovemaking…what more could a young intellectual want?
Cult Chilean director Cristián Jiménez returns with his second feature, an effortlessly shimmering, sensually Latin account of the lengthy love affair between two college students, Julio and Emilia.
The two initially meet after a class in which Julio lies about reading Proust; fast-forwarding eight years into the future, Julio is still spinning tales about his literary prowess to his latest lover, Blanca, while staying up each night writing a novel about his love affair with Emilia.
Jiménez’s superlative direction coupled with the stellar lead performances ensures Bonsai is a remarkably accomplished cinematic treat from the stellar new generation of exciting Chilean filmmakers.
Producers Bruno Bettati, Julie Gayet, Nadia Turincev
Leading Players Diego Noguera, Nathalia Galgani, Trinidad González, Gabriela Arancibia
Photography Inti Briones
Script Cristián Jiménez, based on the novel by Alejandro Zambra
Editor Soledad Salfate
Music Caroline Chaspoul, Eduardo Henriquez
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