Julio, a struggling young writer, lands an interview with a famous author to transcribe his latest book. When he doesn't get the job, instead of admitting it to his girlfriend, Julio pretends to transcribe the new work by writing it himself. Searching for inspiration and a plot, he revisits a romance from his college days. As Julio's novel progresses, so does his fondness for the past and the love he let slip away. Based on an internationally acclaimed novella, BONSAI is a subtly comic and affecting examination of the lies we tell ourselves in order to get by.
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
In clumsier hands it would be easy to get lost amid the expanding thicket of narrative twists.Manohla Dargis, New York Times, 05.10.2012
One of the finest accomplishments from the freewheeling new generation of Chilean filmmakers.Robert Koehler, Variety, 05.07.2012
Scenes of breezy intimacy mix well with deadpan comic moments, and Noguera's face is that rare male visage that seems boyishly opaque but over time suggests deep reserves of melancholy.Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, 06.14.2012
It flows along placidly, heated only occasionally by a bit of sex or disco dancing.Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic, 06.18.2013