A succès de scandale resulted from Ruiz’s first feature made in France, an independently financed production partly inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s play Conversations in Exile. He cast real-life exiles in a docufictional tale of Chilean artists and intellectuals in Paris, shortly post-coup d’état, debating what to do after the loss of their homeland’s Popular Front. Ruiz was criticized for depicting the situation in satirical form. Interviews run together with theatrical conversation-based scenes in which people speak with a controlled urgency pertaining to the terrain of the absurd.
Raúl Ruiz Raúl Ernesto Ruiz Pino (1941-2011) was a Chilean writer, teacher, theater artist, film theorist, and filmmaker who believed with full sincerity that the cinema was a field of limitless possibilities. He sought to discover them over the course of more than 100 films, including works left lost or unfinished that audiences still might someday see.