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Magazine article U.S. Catholic

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Directed by Pablo Larrain (Sony Pictures, 2012)

Topple a dictator with a rainbow and a jingle? Lash back against oppression with candy-coated images and idyllic picnic scenes? End a regime of violence and fear with an almost comedic message of hope? This was the creative gambit used in a cleverly orchestrated advertising campaign that inspired Pablo Larrain's much-acclaimed film No.

The "no" of the title refers to a 1988 referendum where the people of Chile were given the opportunity to end Augusto Pinochet's rule with a simple vote of "yes" or "no." The film shows, however, that the vote is anything but simple. Older Chileans are wary of a return to conditions of poverty and scarcity. Younger Chileans beset by oppression believe the election is rigged. The government itself is set to oppose and undermine the "No" campaign by whatever means necessary. The creative mind behind that campaign, Rene Saavedra, played thoughtfully by Gael Garcia Bernal (The Motorcycle Diaries), has his work cut out for him. …

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