What is the Bardo movie about?

By Miguel Fernández
Published: December 15, 2022 (Last updated: last month)

What is the Bardo movie about? Bardo, False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths has had its run at festivals and is coming to Netflix. We explore the premise behind the Netflix movie.

Alejandro González Iñárritu is coming back to the big screen, or rather the small screen, with the upcoming Bardo, False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths. His latest endeavor, which follows up 2015’s Best Picture nominee The Revenant, made the festival circuit in the early days of the fall and will now be released on Netflix.

While critics haven’t been the most positive about it, Iñárritu describes the film as extremely personal to him, as it was inspired by many of his and his family’s own experiences, moving from Mexico to Los Angeles in the early 2000s. In that interview with Vanity Fair, he also expressed his disappointment after critics and audiences “misunderstood it on many levels” when it opened at the Venice Film Festival, even if he still respects everybody’s opinion.

After two trailers, some may still be wondering what the movie is really about or when you will be able to stream it. If that’s the case, you’re in the right place, as we’ll be answering some burning questions about the film here!

Is Bardo available on Netflix?

Bardo, False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths will be released on Netflix on Friday, December 16th, 2022. It played at the Venice Film Festival, the London Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, and a few others in September and October. It currently holds a 58% critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the lowest of Iñárritu’s career.

How can I watch Bardo?

You will be able to watch Bardo on Netflix starting December 16th, 2022. The movie was an awards-hopeful that played in several film festivals and also had a limited run across select theaters in North America, so it could qualify for the upcoming Academy Awards. This started on November 4, with some international markets playing it throughout the month of November. That theatrical run is now done, though, as Netflix intends to keep its films exclusive to the platform after they’ve premiered.

What is the Bardo movie about?

Bardo, False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths follows Silverio, played by Daniel Giménez Cacho, a renowned Mexican journalist and documentary filmmaker. After receiving a prestigious international award, he is compelled to move from Los Angeles back to Mexico, a decision that will push him to an existential limit. As the official synopsis says, “the folly of his memories and fears have decided to pierce through the present, filling his everyday life with a sense of bewilderment and wonder.”

Iñárritu’s most personal film to date deals with intimate questions about identity, success, and morality while also approaching the history of Mexico and themes of family and humanity.

Iñárritu wanted the film to mirror his family’s life when they moved from Mexico to Los Angeles, as his kids grew up in a country that wasn’t really their homeland. While he insists that this is a work of fiction, he kept his family in the loop and even discussed a few things that happened in the movie with them to have their point of view in mind.

How long is the movie Bardo?

Bardo‘s final cut, which will be available to stream on Netflix on December 16, is 152 minutes long (2 hours and 32 minutes), without credits. The original cut, which premiered during the Venice Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival, was 174 minutes. After receiving feedback, Iñárritu went back to the editing room, rearranged a few scenes, and cut 22 minutes of footage from it. The final cut made its worldwide debut at the San Sebastián Film Festival in late September.

Are you excited for Bardo, False Chronicles of a Handful of Truths? Are you a fan of Iñárritu’s work? Let us know in the comments!

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