In the nineteenth century, a French adventurer sets off to establish a kingdom in the inhospitable South of Chile, uniting the feared Mapuche under him. The response of the Chilean army is devastating. Rey is both an intricately designed adventure film as well as powerful textural experiment.
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Rey wants to blow your mind but it's more a contact high, goofy and endearing but we still await transcendence. It signposts a number of enticing reference points - Maddin, Herzog, Ruiz - but I suspect will always be related to them. Should we make 'spiritual biopic' a thing? Shouldn't they all be true to psychic terrain, dreams and their decay, rather than historical detail? 3.5