OUT MARCH 25 / CERT. TBC 98 MINS.
DIRECTOR Pablo Larraín CAST Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers, Marcelo Alonso, Alfredo Castro
A powerful companion piece to Spotlight, Pablo Larraín’s drama (his first film since the Oscar-nominated No) addresses the abuses and violations of a group of exiled Chilean priests, and the Catholic church at large, with an unsparing eye and dark wit. This small band of lost souls don’t make up for their sins in church but in a bleak beachhouse where they’re looked after by a fussing ex-nun (Antonia Zegers). There to be kept out of sight and mind, that ends when a moment of violence delivers a Vatican investigator (Marcelo Alonso) to their doorstep — a stinging metaphor for a church that’s roused to act only when it has face to save. Larraín, who draws the best from his veteran cast, is a director to watch.