The Pearl Button (El Botón de Nácar)

Thursday, 15 September 2016, 2:00 pm & 7:30 pm

2015, Chile, 82 minutes, (12A)
Director – Patricio Guzman

The Pearl Button

A lyrical documentary about Chile. Guzman ruminates on its supernatural landscape full of volcanoes, mountains and glaciers, the voices of the Patagonian Indigenous people and their tragic history, the first English sailors and also those of its political prisoners. The Pearl Button manages to convey different periods of history and geography in a gripping tale of our modern world.


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  • Stunning. Multi facetted
  • Beautiful filming amazing and worth watching despite being traumatic events
  • Beautifully filmed + well told
  • Excellent cinematography. Not expecting a documentary but told a story in an innovative way.
  • Very well documented. Beautifully filmed horrendous story – and we never learn from history! It goes on
  • Hard to watch at times but we need to be reminded of past brutalities if only to help prevent new “waves” of cruelty.
  • I feel emotionally drained. A very spirited film, water giveth & taketh away. History, never forget.
  • So moving so very sad
  • Very moving and extremely beautiful. Definitely want to see the 1st film. Want to learn more about the dictatorship
  • A chilling tale of Chile! The natives always get a bad deal.
  • A story that needs highlighting. However, was it a documentary? Was it a geographical study, anthropological study, or a brutal historical story?
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