Lisa Schwarzbaum
July 27, 2009 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Tony Manero

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
runtime
98 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/03/09
performer
Alfredo Castro, Paola Lattus
director
Pablo Larrain
author
Alfredo Castro, Mateo Iribarren
genre
Drama

We gave it an B+

Raul (riveting Alfredo Castro), ?a psychopathic, sourpussed, middle-aged thug in 1970s Chile, becomes obsessed with the ?disco king immortalized by John Travolta in Saturday Night Fever in Tony Moreno, this expertly queasy-making drama from Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain. Dreaming of ?winning a Tony Manero look-and-dance-alike contest, Raul devotes most of his time to perfecting his act, and the rest of the time wreaking shocking violence. ?Larrain’s (literally) dark, edgy movie is a precise artistic commentary on Augusto Pinochet’s miserable regime, which was ?under way while Travolta gyrated. B+

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