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 .
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.)
Armand depicts very faintly and with economy of resources the inner struggles of the lead character to survive in what it is perhaps an allegory of a social transitional period in Venezuelan history. Light touches remind us of the current socio-poilitical situation in the country without taking a partisan position. However the impression was weak, unremarkable. It did not bare weight. It was ever so softly whispered.
Boring and depressive. A white wealthy director tells us that if you are black and poor in Venezuela you don't have any chance. And this is not because of a long history of slavery and colonialism. Wonder who's to blame. If it wasn't for the media in Europe and US trashing Venezuela's government, ignoring context, this movie would pass totally unnoticed
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.