The Club (2015 film)

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The Club
El club (poster).jpg
Film poster
Directed byPablo Larraín
Produced by
  • Juan de Dios Larraín
  • Pablo Larraín
Written by
  • Guillermo Calderón
  • Pablo Larraín
  • Daniel Villalobos
  • Roberto Farías
  • Antonia Zegers
Music byCarlos Cabezas
CinematographySergio Armstrong
Edited bySebastián Sepúlveda
Release date
  • 9 February 2015 (2015-02-09) (Berlin)
  • 28 May 2015 (2015-05-28) (Chile)
Running time
97 minutes[1]
Box office$483,222[2]

The Club (Spanish: El Club) is a 2015 Chilean drama film directed, co-produced and co-written by Pablo Larraín. It was screened in the main competition of the 65th Berlin International Film Festival[3] where it won the Jury Grand Prix.[4] It was selected as the Chilean entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but it was not nominated.[5]


Four retired Catholic priests share a secluded house in the outskirts of a small Chilean beach town, under a vigilant female caretaker who used to be a nun. The four men are there to discreetly purge their sins and crimes (child abuse, baby-snatching for adoptions, whistleblower, etc.). They are not permitted to mingle with the townsfolk and are only allowed to be out during early morning and late night. Their only hobby is breeding a race dog and entering into competitions. This changes for them when a new priest arrives and a victim of his child abuse follows him. This results in the priest committing suicide. Subsequently a new spiritual director arrives and their life and their routine is disrupted.



The film was well received, with The Guardian giving it five stars and said Pablo Larraín was "at his most masterful".[6] Variety called it "an original and brilliantly acted chamber drama in which Larrain’s fiercely political voice comes through as loud and clear as ever".[7]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an 88% score based on 89 reviews, with an average rating of 7.86/10. The site's consensus states: "The Club finds director Pablo Larraín continuing to pose difficult questions while exploring weighty themes -- and getting the most out of a talented cast."[8] Metacritic reports a 73 out of 100 score based on 26 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[9]


Year Award Category Result
2015 73rd Golden Globe Awards[10] Best Foreign Language Film Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Club (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 19 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  2. ^ "The Club (2016) - International Box Office Results". Box Office Mojo. Internet Movie Database. 7 February 2016. Retrieved 19 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Berlinale 2015: Competition Complete". Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  4. ^ "Prizes of the International Jury". Berlinale. Retrieved 14 February 2015.
  5. ^ Mango, Agustin (9 September 2015). "Oscars: Chile Selects 'The Club' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
  6. ^ Berlin 2015 - The Guardian review The Guardian, 10 February 2015 retrieved on 7 March 2015
  7. ^ Berlin film 2015 - Vaiety review Scott Foundas, Chief Film Critic Variety retrieved on 7 March 2015
  8. ^ "The Club (El Club) (2016)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 11 August 2019.
  9. ^ "The Club reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 25 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Golden Globes 2016: Nominations in full". BBC News. 10 December 2015. Retrieved 11 December 2015.

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