If judged by the cinematography, this movie deserves only praise. Many of the gorgeous and poetic B&W images will stay on my retina for a long time. Regarding the content, there are a lot subjects squeezed into 80 minutes - Afro-Colombian Christianity in its different forms, generation gap, the mix of modernity and traditions, bjustice and violence in contemporary Colombia - but these remain superficial.
Visually perfectly solved, poetic although eventually bit estheticist, simbolic and moody. The carism desprended by Diego Balanta is superb. I've felt, nonetheless, a certain lack of pulse in the general rhythm, and an inconcretness, in a way blurry use of some simbolic imaginery.
Well made fiction debut from documentarians Rojas and Alvarez not so far removed from the work of Pedro Costa. The film is a story of urban immigration and the ruralisation of city centres in Colombia as armed conflict and rural backgrounds change migratory patterns. Storyline is slight but the visual poetry of the image is present. The type of film born to play Locarno.
Some of the shots are extremely poetical and powerful and, combined with beautiful songs, create a sense of atemporality and symbolism. I wish the directors hadn't aimed at introducing a narrative story into the movie, because it is done so badly that it weakens the more symbolic side and shapes the movie into a questionable form.
In many ways a contemporary and entirely relevant update of neorealism's concerns and aesthetics. A subtle cinema of bodies, with a toweringly impotent lead performance by Diego Balanta. The last twenty minutes (and the dancing) make the occasionally idle patches in the rest of the movie completely worth it.
*Soon poetry invaded me* The magical realism of 'Siembra' is that it opens a window for the spectator to the Afro-Latin culture of Colombia through the story of a dispossessed man and his son, due to the civil war, and their struggle in the refugee camp. The movie is quite poetically made -love the black and white cinematography- but there is this feeling that something is missing to make it truly mesmerizing.