The movie's elliptical structure suggests that the never ending cycle of exploitation and deception is yet another kind of curse inflicted upon the poor. Hope turns into resignation. The volcano, like the social consciousness of the subordinate classes, seems on the brink of erupting, but never does. Revolution postponed. Nespresso wins.
A powerful story with powerful cinematography. The moments on the volcano were haunting, the scenes with the daughter and the mother washing were touching and almost mystical, the sudden rush of the city bleak and detached. Maria Mercedes Coroy makes a wonderful screen debut as the despaired but strong-willed girl who wants more from her life than the village can offer and has to pay a high price for her aspirations.
FNC '15 Powerful debut feature from Bustamante that reflects on the vulnerability of the indigenous people of Guatemala in an universal tale easily identified with. A coffee plantation worker's daughter finds herself abandoned and pregnant first having to deal with the boss/fiancé and then with the bureaucracy of government who speak a language her family doesn't understand. The snakes of modern life approach.
"...un drama inclinado a sembrar la incertidumbre. Desde el plan nupcial por conveniencia, la posible fuga a EEUU con un amante, la expulsión de las serpientes que infestan los sembríos, un embarazo que originaría un desalojo o un conjuro chamánico como última opción para reclamar la propiedad. Bustamante motiva la esperanza, mas en el camino la va diluyendo..." http://bit.ly/1ICLNiv
Ritratto misurato di una umile famiglia contadina del Guatemala, tra usi e costumi della tradizione e speranze future di vita. Lo sguardo della protagonista trattiene in sè i riflessi di una prospettiva macchiata dal dolore e rassegnata in un piano deciso in buona fede ma subìto.