Much Ado About Nothing
Directed by Alejandro Fernández Almendras
After a night of partying, Vicente is involved in a hit-and-run that kills a man. Vicente claims his innocence, but he was drunk and high. A tangled web of lies buries the truth, making a social scandal disappear — exonerating the real culprit, the son of a powerful politician.
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★★★½ review by Felipe on Letterboxd
Una película que perfectamente pudo haberse realizado desde el pedestal de la moral y argumento tenía de sobra, sin embargo Alejandro Fernandez Almendras apostó por trasladar el foco para así (tal como se muestra en sus dos trabajos anteriores "Huacho" y la grandiosa "Matar a Un Hombre") ilustrar aspectos de lo que significa vivir en la sociedad Chilena, haciendo partícipe y llevando a una reflexión al espectador. Es una película necesaria de ver, que lleva al debate y que presenta además una narrativa atípica en lo que a cine Chileno se trata, con una mirada crítica, sin tapujos pero a la vez sin caer en la caricaturización del personaje.
★★★½ review by Waldo on Letterboxd
Vicente is a wealthy kid. He goes out one night, smokes weed, snort some coke, makes out with girls, drinks like a fish, runs over a dude, then he goes home. The power of money plus daddy's little girls and boys morality play. Based on a true story. Check it on Netflix.
★★★★ review by Paul Hernandez on Letterboxd
Vicho, grábate ésto en la cabeza: la verdad no es la verdad; la verdad es la que se puede comprobar.
★★★½ review by Jaime Grijalba on Letterboxd
Aquí no ha pasado nada (2016)
It looks spectacular, sounds quite good, has a really catchy soundtrack and it's edited in a tight manner. Nevertheless, there's a sense of urgency, that there's a weight of TRUTH (in big neon letters) under everything that is portrayed here, down to the time and date of the events that really happened and that they can't divulge because of legal issues. In a way, this film that says that it dares to say a lot of things that people wouldn't dare to, is at the same time the least punk exercise of cinematic liberty. It really is truth, no matter where these movies come from, the Based On True Events films have a lot to work through to be really exciting cinematic masterpieces.
★★★½ review by Charlie on Letterboxd
Chilean film based on a true story of social injustice. A teenage is framed for an accident he didn’t cause, and it kickstarts a roiling investigation into the nature of the truth. Is the truth immutable or is it only what you can prove? It’s a question complicated by social inequality and the allure of money.
But layered upon that is a blaséness that is reflected in the lead character. It jabs not only at the injustice, but the insouciance of teenagers. Vincente’s nonchalance bleeds into consternation slips into resignation. While he is the victim, he could just as easily been the culprit, and this blurred line is reiterated in the film’s thought-provoking yet understated conclusion. And perhaps this cynicism paired with apathy is the most compelling thing on parade.
Performance and plot is strengthened by the gripping Chilean rock soundtrack and immersive cinematography.
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