A young director fired from his job in TV goes to India in search of his first feature film, only to discover that the real search is not for him in India but back home. Halfway between documentary and fiction, MAPA is a road movie in first person that has been defined as the reverse of Annie Hall.
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A portrait of its egotistical, self-obsessed director more than it's about the wider themes it flirts with. Was hard to get beyond his class & privilege, the absorption with himself, the emotional & cultural tourism. The film's dilemma seemed, ultimately, to be: what does an apolitical, privileged middle-class westerner who wants to be an artist choose as his subject? Romantic Love, of course. Wasn't it ever thus?
0. I believe these films called diaries, in video, with much willingness to mix references and various confusions, appealing to the most despicable techniques and concepts, where the join of the private and the public is made with the weakest self-centeredness, should just disappear. But it turns out, as the case, they do not even exist, so how to fade the non-existent?
Elías León Siminiani logra que en poco tiempo nos identifiquemos con él y los sentimientos que atraviesa. Como una voz que habla a nuestra generación que oscila entre lo espiritual, la falsa de sentido y las pequeñas alegrías.
La edición logra llevarnos de la mano por la historia sin querer soltarla, como quien nos cuenta un cuento. Un verdadero viaje.
Mapa is less about the destination and more about the journey. It is a very personal film, and the film makers personality and inner struggle are extremely relatable for any artist or nomad. I absolutely loved it. Since I am currently planning a trip to Cambodia, it fit my mood perfectly
Is it possible to create a diary that won't seem indulgent? Mapa contains many good shots, but it's as directionless as Siminiani probably felt while making it, bouncing recklessly from thoughts on conformity to a creepy obsession with an ex. Although I can relate to him at times, he is too pathetic to be truly likable, and however necessary for its maker, the film tells us little that we haven't heard before. 2.5/5
Well shot, well made, badly told. Like, man, really? I felt nothing about author's relationship with Luna. Some of resorts were simply pretentious, some of them made me laugh (not a comedy-style laugh). It's like 2,5 from me. Siminiani should work on his storytelling because his directing is just fine.