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  • Summary: Julio is a struggling young writer who has hit a wall. Unemployed and involved in a half-hearted relationship with his neighbor, things are finally starting to look up when he gets an interview with a renowned author to transcribe his latest work. Things don’t go as planned, however, andJulio is a struggling young writer who has hit a wall. Unemployed and involved in a half-hearted relationship with his neighbor, things are finally starting to look up when he gets an interview with a renowned author to transcribe his latest work. Things don’t go as planned, however, and Julio doesn’t get the job. Instead of admitting the truth to his girlfriend, he pretends to be transcribing the novel when actually writing his own story. Searching for inspiration and a plot, Julio revisits a romance he had eight years ago when studying literature in Valdivia. As Julio’s novel progresses, so does his fondness for the past and of the love he let slip away. Based on an internationally acclaimed novella, BONSÁI is a subtly affecting examination of the lies we tell ourselves in order to get by. (Strand Releasing) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Diego Costa
    May 8, 2012
    88
    Cristián Jiménez's film knows how entangled the will to know is with the will to make love.
  2. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    May 11, 2012
    75
    This isn't a story of Shakespearean proportions, but it's a sweet peg for this complex, carefully constructed gem.
  3. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    May 8, 2012
    70
    By turns gentle, deadpan, droll and sarcastic, Jimenez's film reflects on Proust's "Remembrance of Things Past" to track a sweet but doomed love affair between literary -- and pleasurably randy -- college students.
  4. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    May 10, 2012
    70
    There's nothing obscure about young love and loss, and a story, as Mr. Jiménez put it, about "youngsters who have to deal with this sudden lack of certainties which makes them more lonely than they could have ever imagined."
  5. Reviewed by: Phil Hoad
    May 8, 2012
    60
    Jiménez's drama is crisply imprinted; another fine recent Chilean effort.
  6. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    May 8, 2012
    60
    Jimenez makes a youthful film about sex, lies and literature that has the awkward charm of first love.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Mowe
    May 8, 2012
    40
    It has its moments, although the charmless main character Julio (played by Diego Noguera) begins to get on your nerves, as he seems incapable of extricating himself from difficult situations.

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