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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The plot highlights the importance of family as well as the value of identity and being true to yourself.
Positive Role Models
Silverio is a character full of contradictions, but he always wants the best for his family.
Shot in Mexico and shows different realities, both the luxury lives of the upper class and the drama of those less fortunate who cross the desert on foot to reach the United States.
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Violence & Scariness
Reenactment of a battle between Mexican and American soldiers. A sequence shows the deserted streets of Mexico City at night and culminates with the sight of a hill of dead, naked Indigenous people, on which stands the Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés. Hospital birth is graphically depicted. A person's feet are nailed to the floor.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Main character's wife shows her breasts, and then they are seen in bed naked, ready to have sex. Dancers appear in revealing costumes.
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Frequent use of swear words, such as "f--k," "s--t," and "goddamn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink alcohol and smoke.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths is Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's first film to be shot in Mexico since Amores Perros in 2000. It follows a famous Mexican documentary filmmaker based in Los Angeles (Daniel Giménez Cacho) who travels to Mexico City before receiving an important journalism award. The plot mixes reality and fantasy, with characters from the main character's past and present coinciding to show a dreamlike portrait of Mexico's history. Expect to see reenactments of battles and a scene that shows Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés standing on a hill of dead, naked Indigenous people. A person's feet are nailed to the floor. Two characters have sex (bare breasts seen), and there's a somewhat graphic scene in which a newborn baby decides to return to its mother's belly. Characters drink, smoke, and swear frequently ("f--k," "goddamn," etc.). To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Ambitious, over-the-top, pretentious, autobiographical: All of this can be said of Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's first film to be directed entirely in Mexico since Amores Perros in 2020. Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths is reminiscent of Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 or Bob Fosse's All That Jazz, mixing reality and fantasy with surreal scenes as Silverio experiences absurd, fantastic, and extreme situations.
It's easy to see Silverio as Gonzalez Inarritu's alter ego, as the filmmaker justifies his work and his actions to those who criticize his films for being pretentious and hypocritical. Bardo is an excuse for the director to delve into his past and his relationship with Mexico and with success, family traumas, and the search for a personal voice. Although some sequences are insufferable, we must recognize the director's ambition, the mastery of setting a scene, and the excellence of the actors, cinematographer Darius Khondji, and production designer Eugenio Caballero.
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