Unfortunately for me, I could not get past the extremely awful voice-over narration. It is condescending and redundant, telling you pretty much what you are seeing onscreen. The "story" seems paper thin although the photography is quite beautiful. The images are clearly the main strength of this film. I wish it was just a dialogue-free movie with a few title cards. The movie would have been so much better.
Interesting documentary about life and survival in an arid and merciless landscape. I found the orchestral soundtrack overbearing at times, though the songs were terrific. I wish some of the villagers had been interviewed or had a voice in some way. The story is narrated by one voice. "Nothing grows here..." then we see grass and cacti.
While the voice over, though it has its moments, is a bit much, and the Foley work often foregrounds a somewhat discomfiting artificiality, ARAYA is something of a triumph simply as visual art. Watching it, I very quickly lost any real interest in the ethnographic side of things, but remained utterly transfixed by the chromatic beauty of it and the finesse of the camera movements. Very beautiful and kinda hypnotic.
Es una pena no poder verla pq no tiene subtítulos en Español, no creo que sea mucho pedir poder acceder a todas las pelis con sub en Español, al fin y al cabo es la segunda legua más hablada en el mundo después del chino mandarín...se supone que esta era una plataforma para un público internacional, pero se nota que es para anglo parlantes que tienen la costumbre de manejar un sólo idioma, el inglés.
Aesthetically perfect. All the images are beautiful and well recorded. It is an interesting subject, filmed both in a documentary and fiction manner, maybe the action seems to be a bit artificial sometimes. One of the best films I have ever seen about poor working people, like Visconti's "la Terra Trema". What I don't like in this film is the narrator and the audio in general, I would prefer a silent movie.
The movie itself is very repetitive, which I found quite suitable to represent this society's centuries-long routine. Some of the framings were just beautiful to watch. The simplicity of the depicted lives is fascinating yet claustrophobic, and watching the womens' clothes flow with the wind was somehow a "relief" from the movie's routine, as well as watching grandma and grandchild bringing seashells to the dead