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Chilean director Pablo Larraín has remained relatively quiet in the three years since his excellent political drama “No” earned international acclaim and an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film, but that’s all about to change considering he has three exciting projects in the pipeline. Larraín will soon reunite with Gael Garcia Bernal for “Neruda” and make his English-language debut directing Natalie Portman in “Jackie,” but first the director has an unusual and suspenseful black comedy hitting theaters this month.
“The Club,” about a group of defrocked Catholic priests, made quite an impression on last year’s festival circuit. In an A- review for Indiewire, Neil Young raved, “This tart, smart and consistently surprising blend of ultra-serious material and darkly comic execution looks set to catapult director and co-writer Larraín — whose three previous films addressed the impact on Chile of dictator Augusto Pinochet — into the front rank of international arthouse filmmakers.”
The film is set in a secluded house where four unrelated men live with a woman who tends to the home. All former priests, the men have been sent to this quiet exile to repent for their sins. But their fragile stability is soon disrupted when a disgraced new housemate arrives, as well as a missionary from the Vatican who seeks to understand the effects of their isolation. In the peculiar clip above, the woman of the house lays out the house rules for one of the new guests.
Music Box Films will release “The Club” in select NYC theaters beginning this Friday, February 5, before expanding to Los Angeles and Florida on February 12. Watch the exclusive clip above.