What is the solitude in the title ? The feeling of being left behind by those that once cared for you. A lack of state support. The slave cast into an eternity to guard his bounty. This film throws up many questions in a quiet and beautiful rumination on history, family and colonisation.
Just suffused with melancholy and nostalgia. There are some wonderful metaphors for the current state of Venezuela: searching for gold and finding razor blades and being rocked passively to and fro on the waves and eddies of the ocean.
Informative (going as it does beyond the stereotypical empty shelves you see on the news), and benefitting from a superb mise-en-scene and camera work which give the film a very contemplative, photo-essay sort of feel. There is an obvious dose of white guilt running through some scenes which distracts from an otherwise subtle and thoughtful portrayal of everyday racism. "Ghost story" felt very underdeveloped .
An intimate and engrossing look at life lived in great poverty, this film manages to balance out the bleak and the beautiful in an effective way, creating something that becomes surprisingly poignant by the time the end credits roll.
Beautiful Agit-Art. Most people in the world have boring or scrape-along lives with more chances of death, robbery than the hoped-for escape to a fun lifestyle, one which so many younger British, American and Europeans aspire to/dream of/expect. They/we should watch and think on these normal Venezuelans who REALLY face huge challenges. In Britain, most *can* expect peace. (Not all, so if you care, viewer, help them.)