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The Wandering Soap Opera

June 7 - June 13, 2019

The Wandering Soap Opera

(Dir. Raúl Ruiz and Valeria Sarmiento, 1990/2017)

New restoration! Co-presented by Laemmle.






Laemmle Music Hall | Glendale | Playhouse 7 | NoHo 7 | Monica Film Center

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*Note: The Wandering Soap Opera will screen at five different Laemmle locations from June 7-13. See below for full schedule.

Filmed  by Chilean master Raúl Ruiz in 1990 but left unfinished until it was  completed by his wife and collaborator Valeria Sarmiento in 2017, The Wandering Soap Opera is  a dreamily interconnected series of vignettes that spoof on telenovela  conventions while reflecting Ruiz's feelings upon returning to his  native Chile after more than 15 years away. In one episode, a man  seduces a woman by showing her his muscles, which are actually slabs of  raw meat slapped into her hand. Later, the man has a gun pulled on him  when he accuses a poet of plagiarism. Meanwhile, through the television  screen, five women have lost their husbands after an earthquake and  embrace a better future together. All along, back and forth across  screens, people are watching.

Shot in gorgeous Super 16mm and featuring one zany performance after another from a cast having the time of their lives, The Wandering Soap Opera is a glorious sendup of the telenovela, which, at the end of Augusto  Pinochet’s dictatorship, Ruiz called the very best lens through which to  understand "Chilean reality." (Cinema Guild)


- June 7-13, 2019

Laemmle Music Hall: 9:55pm daily

- Monday June 10, 2019
Laemmle Glendale: 7:30pm

- Tuesday June 11, 2019
Laemmle Playhouse: 7:30pm

- Wednesday June 12, 2019

Laemmle NoHo: 7:30pm

- Thursday June 13, 2019

Laemmle Monica Film Center: 7:30pm

A genuinely subversive piece of work... This is a fine testament to [Ruiz's] cinematic career.

- Joseph Owen, Upcoming

A  hilarious spoof on Chile’s sociopolitical scene... Ruiz avoids  melodrama, except to draw attention to its mawkish insincerity or expose  it as a suspect vehicle of bankrupt ideas.

- Tony Pipolo, Artforum

The  purest and deepest of cinema's dreams. I could luxuriate in this film's  environs forever! The completion of this work is a major event in the  history of fun!

- Guy Maddin, director of The Forbidden Room

A  fragmented, sinuous, endlessly inventive work whose incessant flights  of fancy feel radical now, to say nothing of when it was shot nearly  thirty years ago.

- James Lattimer, The House Next Door

A  gift for Ruiz fans. In a somewhat Borgesian paradox, which seems  entirely characteristic, the film can be seen as a sort of sequel to the  director’s actual final film, Night Across the Street.

- Jonathan Romney, Film Comment

(Available to download after screening date)

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