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Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

By Gonzalo Jimenez, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Ambitious, uneven film merges reality and fantasy; violence.

Movie R 2022 159 minutes
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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.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 4, 2022
  • On DVD or streaming: December 16, 2022
  • Cast: Daniel Giménez Cacho , Jay O. Sanders
  • Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
  • Inclusion Information: Latino directors, Latino actors, Latino writers
  • Studio: Netflix
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run time: 159 minutes
  • MPAA rating: R
  • MPAA explanation: language throughout, strong sexual content and graphic nudity
  • Last updated: April 16, 2023

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