Three Sad Tigers

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Three Sad Tigers
Directed by Raúl Ruiz
Written by Raúl Ruiz
Alejandro Sieveking
Starring Shenda Román
Cinematography Diego Bonacina
Edited by Carlos Piaggio
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
100 minutes
Country Chile
Language Spanish

Three Sad Tigers (Spanish: Tres tristes tigres) is a 1968 Chilean drama directed and written by Raúl Ruiz.[1] It won the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1969.[2]


The film follows a group of lower-middle class characters in the city of Santiago, Chile. As 28mm lens camera follows Tito whom moved to Santiago in search for a better life and works as a car salesmen but is unhappy as his job finds him under constant pressure and scrutiny from his boss Rudy. One weekend when Tito needs to meet up with Rudy to give him papers that would close a car deal, Tito meets up with his sister Amanda and stranger they have encountered that night for dinner. During this dinner, they meet many interesting characters including an English professor who comments that he has join the party as they talk about many topics even utopianism. As this conversations almost causes a fight nearly with a neighboring table of young men who are singing patriotic Chillan songs. Later in order not to be fired, Tito meets with Rudy and brings his sister Amanda so she can ‘offers’ herself to Rudy in exchange for Tito keeping his job. As then we later learn his sister is actually working as stripper and prostitute to survive in Chile.

However, this causes Rudy to be angered when learning Tito’s plan and losing the documents. Once Rudy tells Tito to come pick up his sister, Tito is unable to keep his anger and attacks Rudy. Then later take him to a taxi and leaving him in the streets. This film ends with Tito the next morning walking in the streets of Santiago by himself



  1. ^ "Le Cinéma de Raoul Ruiz: Tres tristes tigres". Retrieved 25 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "Winners of the Golden Leopard". Locarno Film Festival. Retrieved 17 August 2011. 

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