Three Sad Tigers

Three Sad Tigers (Spanish: Tres tristes tigres) is a 1968 Chilean drama film directed by Raúl Ruiz.[1] It shared the Golden Leopard award at the Locarno International Film Festival in 1969.[2]

Three Sad Tigers
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Directed byRaúl Ruiz
Written byRaúl Ruiz
Alejandro Sieveking
StarringShenda Román
CinematographyDiego Bonacina
Edited byCarlos Piaggio
Release date
  • 1968 (1968)
Running time
100 minutes


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.



  1. "Le Cinéma de Raoul Ruiz: Tres tristes tigres". Retrieved 25 October 2009.
  2. "Winners of the Golden Leopard". Locarno Film Festival. Archived from the original on 19 July 2009. Retrieved 17 August 2011.
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