DVD Release: Bonsái

DVD Release Date: Aug. 21, 2012
Price: DVD $27.99
Studio: Strand Releasing

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A close shave? Natalia Galgani and Diego Noguera star in Bonsái.

Bonsái is a 2011 Chilean romance-drama film based on the novella by noted Chilean writer Alejandro Zambra.

Julio (Diego Noguera) is a struggling young writer who has hit a wall. Unemployed and involved in a half-hearted relationship with his neighbor (Trinidad Gonzalez), things are finally starting to look up when he gets an interview with a renowned author Hugo Medina) to transcribe his latest work. Things don’t go as planned, however, and Julio doesn’t get the job. Instead of admitting the truth to his girlfriend, he pretends to be transcribing the novel when actually writing his own story. Searching for inspiration and a plot, Julio revisits a romance with a woman (Nathalia Galgani) he had eight years ago when studying literature in Valdivia.

Helmed and written by first-time feature film director Cristián Jiménez, Bonsái received a limited release to U.S. theaters in May, 2012. It received a positive notices from the critics, with Rotten Tomatoes rating it 6.8/10 based on 20 critics’ reviews.

Presented in Spanish and English with English subtitles, the DVD of the film contains no bonus features.

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