Three Sad Tigers

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Three Sad Tigers
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Directed by Raúl Ruiz
Written byRaúl Ruiz
Alejandro Sieveking
Based onTres tristes tigres
by Alejandro Sieveking
Starring Shenda Román
CinematographyDiego Bonacina
Edited byCarlos Piaggio
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
100 minutes

Three Sad Tigers (Spanish : Tres tristes tigres) is a 1968 Chilean drama film directed by Raúl Ruiz. [1] It is an adaptation of the play of the same name by Alejandro Sieveking, which itself was based on the novel Tres tristes tigres by Cuban writer Guillermo Cabrera Infante. [2] It shared the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1969. [3]



The film follows several lower-middle-class, thirtysomething characters in the city of Santiago de Chile.

Tito has moved to Santiago in search of a better life and works as a car salesman but is unhappy, as his job finds him under constant pressure and scrutiny from his boss, Rudy. One weekend when he must pass Rudy the paperwork which will close a car deal, Tito meets up with his sister Amanda and a stranger called Lucho. During a drunken dinner, they encounter many interesting characters and discuss many topics, including utopianism. This conversation almost causes a fight with a neighboring table of young men who are singing patriotic songs.

The paperwork lost, Tito takes Amanda, who is actually working as a stripper and prostitute, to Rudy so she can 'offer' herself to him in exchange for Tito keeping his job. However, Rudy is angered when he learns of Tito's plan and that he has lost the documents. When Rudy tells Tito to come and pick his sister up, Tito is unable to control his anger and brutally assaults Rudy. The brother and sister then transport Rudy by taxi and leave him lying in the street. The following morning, Tito broods alone as a bolero sung by Ramón Aguilera plays in a café; he then walks listlessly out onto a busy city street.


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