Le Cas Pinochet (The Pinochet Case)
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Le Cas Pinochet (The Pinochet Case)
Having a made a name for himself with a trilogy of documentaries about Salvador Allende's brief socialist revolution and Pinochet's ensuing putsch called The Battle for Chile -- considered classics of Latin American cinema -- Patricio Guzman continues with his obsession the former Chilean dictator and his ignoble fall from grace. Having been forced from Chile by Pinochet thirty years previous, Guzman recounts Pinochet's arrest, extradition trial in Britain and his own brush with Pinochet. Guzman sets out to recreate a document that proves that the former military strong man was the… More
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© First Run/Icarus Films
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"What a long, strange saga it is."
‑ Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post
"The determination of Pinochet's victims to seek justice, and their often heartbreaking testimony, spoken directly into director Patricio Guzman's camera, pack a powerful emotional wallop."
‑ Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News
"All the while, in newsreel footage, Pinochet struts around pompously in his absurd, operatic uniform, keeping Chile safe. For whom?"
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Can't seem to get anywhere near the story's center."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
"While Guzmán frustratingly refuses to give Pinochet's crimes a political context, his distance from the material is mostly admirable."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"It will take a strong stomach for the ordinary viewer to maintain an appetite for Pinochet apologetics after this litany of suffering."
‑ Philip Kennicott, Washington Post
"It ultimately stands forth as an important chronicle of the abuses of one of Latin America's most oppressive regimes."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"Aside from stumbling over some clunky visual metaphors Guzmán does a decent job of telling a story many outside Chile simply don't know."
‑ Jon Popick, Planet Sick-Boy
"Like all great documentaries, The Pinochet Case illustrates a universal pattern, in this case a frightening fact of human survival that leads repeatedly to unspeakable tyranny."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Illuminating."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"The Pinochet Case is a searing album of remembrance from those who, having survived, suffered most."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"The powerless wait a long time for justice, and sometimes their only justice is to finally tell their story."
‑ Joshua Tanzer, Offoffoff
"Guzman's powerful and sometimes triumphant documentary is not only an excellent overview of the affair, but serves as the perfect finale to the monumental trilogy about the coup and its aftermath."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
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