Directed by Pablo Larraín
In a secluded seaside town, four mysterious men live together in a small house on the shore with a woman who serves as their caretaker. Former priests who have been exiled to the quiet hamlet as punishment for, and protection from, their past sins, the men keep a strict daily schedule devoid of temptation and highlighted by time spent training their greyhound racing dog. When a new houseguest arrives from the outside world, quickly followed by an emissary sent by the Vatican, the fragile stability unravels and deeply buried secrets come to the surface in explosive fashion. Masterfully directed by Chilean auteur Pablo Larraín (No), THE CLUB is a taut and brutal critique of organized religion, individual responsibility, and the combustible combination of the two.
Four priests exiled to a seaside town are forced to face their past sins when a new houseguest arrives and disrupts their order.
Cast: Alfredo Castro, Roberto Farias, Antonia Zegers, Marcel Alonso
Although this is not a horror film it still features a house full of terrifying monsters. The five exiled Catholic clergy members comprising most of the main cast demonstrate the Satanic sort of evil that pretends it doesn't exist at all. If you ever wondered what the face of a sly, unrepentant child abuser looks like, this disturbing movie shows you in spades. If you like realistic poetic justice as much as I do you'll find the ending of this movie satisfying.
While this wasn't a horror movie, I found my self getting disgusted with the acts of these sick individuals. The movie showed what I have always believed..that the Catholic church is nothing more than a front for queers and kiddie diddlers. I found the movie to be interesting to a degree and it kept my interest thinking that more was going to take place. These persons think what they did and do is perfectly normal. I would recommend this to anyone with doubts as to what goes on as normal in the church. The will ope your eyes.
The brutality renders some of the ruminating ambiguity somewhat frustrating, but it is an elegant film about the far reaches of pathology around the notion of penance. Not for dog lovers.
Que nos IJsselmeer ob este
It was a movie. It had a beginning and an end. Would have been better if they just burned the house down with them in it.