SPAIN – 2015 – 97 MIN – COLOUR - FEATURE - IN SPANISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
A FILM BY PABLO LARRAÍN
WITH ROBERTO FARÍAS, ANTONIA ZEGERS, JAIME VADELL, ALEJANDRO GOIC, ALEJANDRO SIEVEKING, MARCELO ALONSO, JOSÉ SOZA, FRANCISCO REYES

In a secluded house in a small seaside town live four unrelated men and the woman who tends to the house and their needs. All former priests, they have been sent to this quiet exile to purge the sins of their pasts, the separation from their communities the worst form of punishment by the Church. They keep to a strict daily schedule devoid of all temptation and spontaneity, each moment a deliberate effort to atone for their wrongdoings.

Their fragile stability is disrupted by the arrival of an emissary from the Vatican who seeks to understand the effects of their isolation, and a newly-disgraced housemate. Both bring with them the outside world from which the men have long been removed, and the secrets they had thought deeply buried. The Club is acclaimed director Pablo Larraín’s taut, blackly comic commentary on individual responsibility, organized religion and the combustible combination of the two.

 

"There are a few twists along the way as Larrain expertly explores the nature of sin and redemption before bringing the tale to an unexpected but satisfying conclusion."
Toronto Star

"Characterized by creeping zooms and suspenseful scenes of confession, The Club is compellingly bleak but features sly twists that offer some surprising glimmers of justice. Given the Vatican’s history of dodging accountability, this could almost be considered optimistic."
NOW Magazine

"The timing of Pablo Larraín’s El Club couldn’t be better. With the Quebec film milieu plunged in an existential crisis surrounding the alleged pedophilia of one of its founding fathers, Claude Jutra, the Chilean auteur’s shrewd, dark comedy El Club tackles just such abominable acts committed by his country’s priesthood."
Montreal Gazette

5  Stars! "you see nothing but superbly written, directed film with an extraordinary performance by the cast, whose characters you wish would never exist in a movie nor in real life."
Movie Moves Me

"Pablo Larrain masterfully handles themes of faith, truth and guilt"
Globe and Mail

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Globe and Mail

"Sin, disgrace, guilt and salvation"
National Post

The media versus the catholic church: An interview with THE CLUB director"
Toronto Film Scene

"Larraín admirably wants to hold those accountable for heinous acts of trust in perfect contempt"
Toronto Film Scene

"The Club firmly designates Pablo Larraín as a great subversive filmmaker"
Wylie Writes

"a story that concerns many key issues - identity, beliefs, redemption, fulfilment but mostly forgiveness and how one can live with oneself after any terrible deed."
Afro Toronto

4 Stars! "The drama "The Club" delves into the twisted daily disgraced priests"
Montreal Gazette

3.5 Stars!
LaPresse

"this complex work, hailed at the 2015 Berlinale as the FNC, has the merit of confronting us showboating without our strongest discomfort."
Voir

3 Stars! " very heavy atmosphere is perfectly rendered."
Cinefilic