Bonsái tells the languid story of the memory of a lost love, alternating between the present & the recent past of its hero, a slightly awkward 20-something living in Santiago. The movie is suffused with a love of books & reading, & it is easy to guess that it is based on a novel. It has a realistic, observational quality, & though bodies might be naked, emotions are not. Despite the melancholy tone, it is also lightly comic. I enjoyed learning that "blah blah blah" is the same in English & Spanish.
Bonsái will be screened at the 55th San Francisco International Film Festival on Friday, April 20 at 9:30p & Sunday, April 22 at 12:45pm at the Kabuki & Tuesday, April 24 at 6:30pm at the PFA.
Cristián Jiménez, director
Chile/France/Argentina/Portugal, 2011, 95 min