Santiago, 1948. Police inspector Oscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal) is ordered by president Videla to hunt down poet and politician Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco) who has openly criticized the right-wing regime. For the flamboyant and brilliant poet, the persecution offers heroic potential: a chance to become a symbol of freedom and a literary legend all at the same time. He starts writing ‘Canto General’, an over fifteen thousand lines chronicle-in-poetry of Latin America. Nobody has ever written a poem that size for the people. Neruda goes into hiding but deliberately leaves traces, engaging the inspector in a game of cat and mouse.
Tragicomic and sometimes surreal film about Nobel Prize winner Pablo Neruda. With beautifully lit scenes the viewer imagines himself in the history of Chile.