Gael García Bernal helps sell a snappily paced political drama

Rounding off Chilean director Pablo Larraín’s trilogy on the Pinochet era, No is a lighter, friskier affair than Tony Manero or Post Mortem, even though it centres on a pivotal moment in the country’s modern history.

It’s 1988, and Gael García Bernal’s slick ad man is talked by his leftist friends into devising the ‘NO’ (to dictatorship) campaign when Pinochet is pressured into holding a referendum.

Rather than dwelling on the killings and disappearances, Bernal comes up with something akin to a series of Coke ads; cue some gloriously kitsch interludes, though Larraín directs with a sure sense of irony and Bernal underplays beautifully.

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