THE CLUB REVIEWED
“The Club” is a Chilean film about a private retirement home for Catholic priests. The atmosphere of grief and denial almost plays like the darkest episode of “Father Ted” ever created. But, a Vatican emissary arrives at the private clubhouse to turn everyone around. What we get is a collection of men that live in self-denial being forced to call attention to their past lives. Given that their lives feel like a self imposed prison, this is going to end well.
Individual responsibility is a big theme in the film and it’s tackled with a heavy hand. Each man has a personal approach to what responsibility means to them. Some feel guilty, while others absolve themselves of anything they ever did. Fear and disillusionment power the film for its 97 minutes and it just kicks you in the teeth. I wasn’t expecting such a downer film, but it just drains you.
A/V QUALITY STATS
- 2.35:1 standard definition transfer
- Dolby Digital 5.1