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Bonsai(Bonsái)

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Chile, Argentina, Portugal

2011

1h 35m

Director Cristián Jiménez

Starring Diego Noguera, Nathalia Galgani, Gabriela Arancibia, Cristóbal Briceño

Genre Drama

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A young writer recounts an earlier romance in hopes of attracting his new love interest.

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Time Out by David Fear

Cristián Jiménez's dust-dry dramedy attests to the writer-director's own bibliophilia (the film is literally divided by chapter pages), as well as his lead actor's ability to milk a deadpan look that would make Buster Keaton proud.
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The New York Times by Manohla Dargis

There's nothing obscure about young love and loss, and a story, as Mr. Jiménez put it, about "youngsters who have to deal with this sudden lack of certainties which makes them more lonely than they could have ever imagined."
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Boxoffice Magazine by Richard Mowe

It has its moments, although the charmless main character Julio (played by Diego Noguera) begins to get on your nerves, as he seems incapable of extricating himself from difficult situations.
70

Variety by Robert Koehler

By turns gentle, deadpan, droll and sarcastic, Jimenez's film reflects on Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" to track a sweet but doomed love affair between literary -- and pleasurably randy -- college students.

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