"Confirms Larrain as one of the most genuine talents working in cinema today."

-The Hollywood Reporter

Club, The

Club, The

About the Film

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.

Director: Pablo Larraín

Reactions

"It’s a terrifically smart film…crucial, thrilling and disturbing." - Dave Calhoun, Time Out London

"It’s a surprising and often thought-provoking effort from a filmmaker who has never chosen to take the simple path, confirming Larrain as one of the more genuine talents working in cinema today." - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

"A bold, blunt, yet clinically intelligent film ... it's all at once a gripping thriller, an incendiary social critique and a mordant moral fable." - Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

Awards & Festivals

  • Chile's Official Selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2016
  • Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film, 73rd Golden Globe Awards
  • Special Presentation – Toronto International Film Festival 2015
  • Official Selection – Berlin International Film Festival 2015
  • Winner! Berlin Film Festival – Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize 2015
  • Official Selection – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Fantastic Fest
  • Winner! Fantastic Fest – Best Film 
  • Official Selection – Chicago International Film Festival
  • Winner! Chicago Internation Film Festival  – Best Director, Best Ensemble & Best Screenplay
  • Official Selection – AFI Latin American Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Official selection – Hamptons International Film Festival
 

Cast & Crew

Cast

Father Vidal: Alfredo Castro
Sandokan: Roberto Farías
Sister Mónica: Antonia Zegers
Father Silva: Jaime Vadell
Father Ortega: Alejandro Goic
Father Ramírez: Alejandro Sieveking
Father García: Marcelo Alonso
Father Lazcano: José Soza
Father Alfonso: Francisco Reyes

Crew

Director: Pablo Larraín
Writers: Guillermo Calderón, Daniel Villalobos, Pablo Larraín
Producer: Juan de Dios Larraín
Executive Producers: Rocío Jadue, Juan Ignacio Correa, Mariane Hartard
Cinematography: Sergio Armstrong
Editor: Sebastián Sepúlveda

Technical Info

Production Year: 2015
Languages: Spanish
Running Time: 1h 37m
Screen Ratio: 2.35:1
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating: Unrated

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Awards & Festivals

  • Chile's Official Selection for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, 2016
  • Nominee – Best Foreign Language Film, 73rd Golden Globe Awards
  • Special Presentation – Toronto International Film Festival 2015
  • Official Selection – Berlin International Film Festival 2015
  • Winner! Berlin Film Festival – Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize 2015
  • Official Selection – Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Fantastic Fest
  • Winner! Fantastic Fest – Best Film 
  • Official Selection – Chicago International Film Festival
  • Winner! Chicago Internation Film Festival  – Best Director, Best Ensemble & Best Screenplay
  • Official Selection – AFI Latin American Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Mill Valley Film Festival
  • Official selection – Hamptons International Film Festival
 

Reactions

"It’s a terrifically smart film…crucial, thrilling and disturbing." - Dave Calhoun, Time Out London

"It’s a surprising and often thought-provoking effort from a filmmaker who has never chosen to take the simple path, confirming Larrain as one of the more genuine talents working in cinema today." - Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter

"A bold, blunt, yet clinically intelligent film ... it's all at once a gripping thriller, an incendiary social critique and a mordant moral fable." - Jessica Kiang, The Playlist

Detailed Film Info

On a secluded hill 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 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 of the Church who seeks to understand the effects of their isolation, and a newly-disgraced counterpart who moves into their small house. Both bring with them the outside world from which the men have long been removed, and the secrets they had thought deeply buried. Striking in its austerity, The Club is acclaimed director Pablo Larraín’s taut commentary on individual responsibility, organized religion and the combustible combination of the two.

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