Mario Cornejo is going about his daily business of writing autopsy reports at the military hospital in Santiago, when the Pinochet coup d´état shakes this heretofore apolitical character out of his state of apathy. Post Mortem is neither a reconstruction of the Pinochet days, nor an angry denunciation of the period. Instead, Larraín offers a borderline-surreal – Lynchian – black comedy to show, among other things, how easy it is for ordinary people to sleepwalk into a climate of atrocity, either as victims, collaborators, or as both. As in his first film, Larraín invests his characters with metaphoric undertones, suffusing the city of Santiago with a surreal visual texture that evokes the nightmarish landscape it was rapidly becoming.
Stay after the screening for a discussion with Professor Marta Sierra, Dept. of Modern Languages and Literatures.
Thursday, April 5 at 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Community Foundation Theatre in the Gund Gallery