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El Club (2015)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 28 May 2015 (Chile)
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A crisis counselor is sent by the Catholic Church to a small Chilean beach town where disgraced priests and nuns, suspected of crimes ranging from child abuse to baby-snatching from unwed mothers, live secluded, after an incident occurs.

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Pablo Larraín
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 17 wins & 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alfredo Castro ... Padre Vidal
Roberto Farías Roberto Farías ... Sandokan
Antonia Zegers ... Hermana Mónica
Marcelo Alonso ... Padre García
Jaime Vadell Jaime Vadell ... Padre Silva
Alejandro Goic ... Padre Ortega
Alejandro Sieveking ... Padre Ramírez
José Soza José Soza ... Padre Matías Lazcano
Francisco Reyes ... Padre Alfonso
Diego Muñoz Diego Muñoz ... Surfista
Gonzalo Valenzuela ... Surfista
Catalina Pulido Catalina Pulido ... Surfista
Paola Lattus Paola Lattus ... Mujer de Sandokan
Erto Pantoja Erto Pantoja ... Dueño de Perro
Felipe Ríos Felipe Ríos ... Dueño de Perro
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Four catholic priests, now excommunicated, share a secluded house in a small coastal house of Chile where they are are supposed to atone for their sins. Their quiet routine, placed under the supervision of Mother Monica, is disturbed by the coming of a fifth man. The newcomer, a pedophile, appears as a most unwelcome reminder of their own tainted lives... Written by Guy Bellinger

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Comedy | Drama | Mystery

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Chile

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

28 May 2015 (Chile) See more »

Also Known As:

El club See more »

Filming Locations:

La Boca, Navida, Chile

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,514, 7 February 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,756, 21 February 2016
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Fabula See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Pablo Larraín is also director and producer of No (2012) and writer and director of Post Mortem (2010), among other well known chilean films. See more »

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Referenced in The Club: Pablo Larraín Interview (2016) See more »

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TIFF 2015 -- The Club: Exposing evil through brutal honesty
20 September 2015 | by Brap-2See all my reviews

Pablo Larrain (No) returns with another story that shadows his country with 'The Club'. Before the details emerge, this story is nothing like 'No'.

'The Club' takes place in the somewhat remote coastal village of La Boca Navidad where a house of secret guests exists: they are either child molesters, baby snatchers, or were active supporters of Pinochet, and they were all Priests. They have all been excommunicated from the Catholic Church for their crimes and sent away to this house as not to harm the Church's image instead of being put in the public eye and then thrown in jail. The house is quarterbacked by a Nun who also suffered a similar fate as her house guests.

One day, a new guest comes to join The Club, only to be eventually tracked down by a former altar boy who shouted claims of constant abuse from outside the house for him to hear. Not long after, we learn that these claims are true, and the reaction sets off a further investigation into the requirement for the house and the livelihood of the guests who reside there.

'The Club' isn't an artistic work that should be shared for praise and glorified for any kind of distinction. Instead, it clearly details the horrific nature of how the Catholic Church deals with their worst offenders — by putting them in houses in rural locations, 100% funded by the Church. As the film progresses, we learn that the house mates have ways of passing the time — good and bad. Some are healthy, while others are vices. Eventually, when the house comes under inspection by the Church as to whether it should remain or not, extreme actions are taken to try and keep things intact.

While advertised as a dark comedy, this film is almost nowhere near that. It was intended to show the evil behind the Church, and that its image cannot be tarnished. In a continent that houses 40% of the world's Catholics, a film like this definitely sticks a thorn in the Church's side. It gets dark, it gets rather nasty, it gets brutal, but, while it's just a story with fictional accounts, they were created via true stories over the years.

Watch this film with the expectation that you will be shocked by what you see and hear, but hopefully you will be moved enough to know that there's evil where good supposedly resides.


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