Film review: No

“Pinochet could win this vote without cheating, if he wants – that’s what is so terrible,” says José Tomás Urrutia, who is spearheading the “No” campaign against Chile’s military dictator Augusto Pinochet in 1988.

Pinochet, under international (and papal) pressure to have a democratic referendum on his government, after 15 years in office that included many years of brutal repression, finally relented to give the people a choice. No is the story of the group of people who stood in his way and eventually made Chileans realize their best days are still ahead – without Pinochet at the helm.

Urrutia’s line is the first of many details that push the young advertising executive René Saavedra (Gael García Bernal), who had no real desire for political involvement, especially in a system rigged against its own people, to become involved in effecting regime change.

Read the full review at The Prague Post.

(Still of Gael García Bernal and Pablo Larraín in No. © 2013 – Sony Pictures Classics via