An incredible film about a 6-year old, his dreams, his family, fate, past and future. Superior to the Satyajit Ray's Apu trilogy and his two "Goopy gyne" films. It's Ruiz' own screenplay not someone's novel. Use of magic realism, Chilean politics, a fish named Jeremiah (Biblical prophet, mourning Jerusalem--read Chile).. This is a 3 part film and I have only seen the first part (55 min). Hope to see the next two.
It is fitting that Ruiz's masterpiece (speaking personally) should come in the form of a children's television serial containing passages of unspeakable beauty. It has a similarly hauntological tone to other hushed pagan magic children's shows of the 80s - Children of the Stones; The Changes; The Box of Delights. One of the most emotionally truthful depictions of childhood I've ever been privileged to see <3
4,5 It's only fair that instead of the promised angry judges, we had Ruiz preside over the end-of-times tribunal, because he is defragmentation's master laureate: first calls out every cell, gives it a name and an histoire (he's got that much imagination, I assure you), dispatches it to a contiguous region and liberates the light from wherever it is diffusely stored. I emerged far more luminous from this and it's the