Review: The Club, 2016, dir. Pablo Larraín

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“If you need another reason to fume at this year’s slate of Oscar nominees, look no further than Pablo Larraín’s The Club. Think of it as a Chilean counterpoint to Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, sans the gloss and with a greater emphasis on the guilty and afflicted than on the supposed saviors: Spotlight is about good guys taking down bad guys, while The Club inhabits the same grey moral space as John Michael McDonagh’s Calvary. That undersung film wades into the fray of the Catholic Church sexual abuse scandal with melancholy eyes and an amoral heart, coming out the other side all the more meaningful and heartbreaking for its willingness to speak to the unspeakable.” (Via Paste Magazine.)

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