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Review of ‘Bardo, false chronicle of a few truths’ (2022) [Netflix]

Bardo, false chronicle of a few truths is the last work of Alejandro G. Iñárritu. A deeply personal and highly reflective film that opens in theaters this Friday, November 4th and will later arrive on Netflix on December 16th.

Bardo, false chronicle of a few truths is the expected return of Alejandro González Iñárritu after winning the Oscar for best director with ‘Birdman’ and ‘El Renacido’. The fact that Bardo, false chronicle of a few truths is Iñárritu’s first film shot in Mexico since 2000 with ‘Amores Perros’ gives a clue where the director’s head is. In this deeply personal and highly reflective tape, Iñárritu reflects on a variety of thoughts and themessuch as immigration, identity, heritage, family and mortality. The real ambiguity of life a Bardo, false chronicle of a few truths it makes the film realistic despite its experimental tone. Its inner beauty and existential musings make it a stimulating film, one that goes beyond the established at times, but always challenges us as viewers to expand our gaze and our minds. Undoubtedly, Iñárritu does a pretty impressive and mesmerizing job for 174 minutes – yes, the film is almost 3 hours long – through a series of loosely connected vignettes, sometimes surreal, sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes very funny and more often all three at once. Few films are so strange and yet so clear at the same time.

Silverio Gacho, played by a wonderful Daniel Giménez Cacho, is a journalist born in Mexico turned documentary maker-filmmaker who has succeeded and moved to the United States. He receives a major award for his latest documentary work, which shares the name of the film’s title. From here, he will face a spiral of doubts, his impostor syndrome and the hostility of those he left behind in Mexico.

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Iñárritu remains an outlier

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It takes an amazing skill to take such a long and narratively complex film and make it really work as a whole. Not many directors would have been able to hold the audience’s attention in a similar product, and yet, for the most part, Iñárritu succeeds. Each section of the film, which is made up of several time frames mixed together, manages to remain compelling on its own. There are two crucial elements that make this work, in addition to Iñárritu’s undisputed vision. First, there is Cacho’s performance as Silverioleaving us with a magnetic performance. Second is Darius Khondji’s photographyresponsible for that of ‘Seven’, which is consistently impressive. Each scene is marked by blocks of color, unexpected close-ups, slow shots, almost giving the feeling that a great photograph could be obtained from any frame.

Bardo, false chronicle of a few truths it is not a simple film for everyone. It’s a complex mix of themes and ideas that have to be extremely well balanced to keep everything from collapsing. Reminds me of ‘Blonde’ conceptanother messy, ambitious and wildly risky film that grips you from start to finish.

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Is it an autobiography in disguise?

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clearly, there is a complete autobiographical line a Bardo, false chronicle of a few truths which is everything, except opaque. It doesn’t take a genius to relate that the story of a Mexican filmmaker, highly admired and awarded by his American parents, with an existential identity crisis is written and directed by a Mexican filmmaker, highly admired and awarded by his northern peers -Americans, with an existential identity crisis. Iñárritu doesn’t even try to hide it, bringing us his most personal and visceral manifestation in the form of a journey through what he does best: cinema.

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