A Jodorowsky film actually focused on story makes for an unique watch in his filmography. Mind you one can clearly see it is a work by this iconoclast filmmaker as the surrealistic touches and bizarre sensuality are well present. Some haunting sequences and some gonzo performances also make this a standout.
Un grand film avec un univers très cohérent et très bien campé. La caméra, très mobile, colle à l'action. L'art de Jodorowsky, c'est de nous faire entrer dans l'univers mental de ce schizophrène qui vit sous l'imago de sa mère. La poésie se mêle au crime, le sang à la joie. Il demeure qu'une impression d'inquiétante étrangeté qui parcourt tout le film.
This film played out like a Spanish "Psycho," a young man is haunted by his dead mother and has made him a prisoner inside his own mind(arms); forced to kill under her demand. Jodorowsky uses brilliant imagery and style to bring this gruesome tale to life.
Ambientato in un ambiente malato, viene seguita la crescita psicologica del protagonista. Bel crescendo horror, fino al bel finale che mostra come dal degrado nascano mostri.La società è abbandonata, con sacche di povertà irrecuperabili.La regia è curata e caratterizza bene l'ambientazione.Fotografia evocativa e messa in scena originale e visionaria. Personaggi folli e caratterizzati, che inquietano e creano emapatia
Hallucinogenic. You probably don't need artificial means of hallucinating to appreciate this film; Sr. Jodorowsky has done the heavy lifting for you. It hasn't aged all that well (80s hair was the same everywhere, wasn't it?). I found myself rooting for Fenix and Alma, so the ending is both beautiful and bittersweet. I haven't yet seen other Jodorowsky films, but to me the sensibility seems similar to Emir Kusturica.
Shows us that even with bad acting and bad special effects, a director's commitment to his vision can overpower the negatives and craft a truly wonderful cinematic story. Some truly arresting images (the elephant scene along with Fenix's metaphorical dream was incredible)! This film is also an example of an ending that is utterly satisfying and essential in tying up the characters and story. Wonderful.
"[In Santa Sangre] Jodorowsky has married magic realism to Freud, in a film that is like a shriek against Momism." - Roger Ebert. I must say I vastly prefered El Topo and Holy Mountain. Santa Sangre's biggest trangression is its relentless, too loud soundtrack. It's second is the latter half's shift in tone. 3.5 stars.
Perhaps Jodorowsky's most focused film. It feels like much more of a horror film with some Jodorowsky touches than a Jodorowsky film. A very unique and surprisingly scary horror film from the freakout master himself. Definitely worth a view if you have time!
The impression this film made on me upon release was of five-star intensity and remained so with repeat viewings (two?) over the years, but that's faded just a little now. Still, in 1989 Santa Sangre helped set the stage for my developing tastes, and is a fascinating and horrific visual paean to the porous borders of time and language, sin and spirit, the State and our collective Imaginaries.