IFFR KINO #49: Tres Tristes Tigres (1968)
- Raúl Ruiz
- Shenda Román, Nelson Villagra, Luis Alarcón, Jaime Vadell
- Comedy, Drama
- 100 minutes
Bars, alleyways and seedy hotels form the backdrop of this booze-soaked drama that follows a group of alienated urban middle-class characters fraught with moral malaise. The two principal tigres tristes are Tito, a car-dealer that’s just moved to Santiago, and his sister Amanda – a stripper and prostitute. The decentred narratives and temporal ambiguity mix neorealism, nouvelle vague and welcome comparisons to John Cassavetes.
Raúl Ruiz’s first completed film won him a shared Golden Leopard for best film at the Locarno Film Festival in 1969. It was part of a brief Chilean ‘new wave’, shot using the same precious camera as Aldo Francia’s Valparaiso mi amor (1969) and Miguel Littin’s El Chacal de Nahueltoro (1969), that wouldn’t last beyond the 1973 Pinochet coup which forced Ruiz to flee is home country. – Fraser White