PC/TV Screen. As usual in these films about distant countries and communities, of various and disturbing economic and political difficulties, persists, above all due to this distance, a sympathy for the persons-actors who give body to the characters and for the look of a camera that contemplates these figures and their spaces. In this film such determinant is followed without deviations or exaggerations.
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.
A difficult, complex, and heartbreaking topic with a strong dose of uneasy nostalgia. While it kept me engaged, at the same time it also felt strangely indecisive - neither a document nor fiction, with so many different layers, many of which are left undeveloped (the supernatural element, for example). The film clearly avoids any political commentary, and also seems to keep a distance to the characters portrayed.
Despite its slowness, I never felt there was much to meditate on. At least some of the pictures are nice to look at and it resisted falling into the 'poverty porn' trap that it seemed ready to fall into. Overall, just not enough to sink your teeth into.
Bitter social realism in a setting afflicted with poverty. Profoundly free of any languid moralizing, "La Soledad" offers a naturalistically depicted social microcosm on the verge of collapse; yet, the challenges are taken with dignity by the characters and in spite of the film's relative lack of cinematic resonance, the finale is evocative and poetic in its sad catharsis. Definitely recommended.
Liked the film and the story, but had too many narrative questions left which could have been easily resolved. Especially in regards to director's relationship with the protagonists. It was hard to shake the feeling of the director's vacation interest that ceases after he leaves. Like, he made a film, but they live it. It would also be great to be able to learn of Jose and his family's life updates.