A bunch of kids trying to keep their innocence amidst political turmoil and civil war in rural Colombia. The humorous side of the first part and the serene beauty of the bucolic landscape make a stark contrast with the imminent drama which finally plays out... A magnificent debut - film!
Simple yet powerful film that portrays the stark contrast between the tension (between the paramilitaries and guerrillas) in the Colombian countryside and children (of that area) playing football. The exploding hog says everything there is to say about the danger faced by the people living in those communities.
An admirably straightforward depiction of the decimation of a community caught in the crossfire between guerrillas and paramilitaries, seen primarily through the eyes of a nine-year old boy. Arbelaez avoids preaching or sentimentality, and although the film contains obvious symbolism, this never detracts from the authenticity of the narrative - its tragic power derives from the simplicity of its execution.
An absorbing and slow paced depiction of conflict and its impact on a community. Amidst the violence that increasingly permeates their lives a small band of kids do what kids always do - play, get up to mischief, and take mad risks. The child actors are excellent and the drama slow burning but deadly in it's non Hollywood realism.
Brilliant. The slow, inching affect of conflict viewed in a completely communal rather than individualistic and dramatically tragic way works wonders. Here, war is portrayed as completely all-encompassing experience. It's the sort of portrayal we should urgently take heed of in the current refugee crisis.
A story of childhood and low level war, well managed. Not exactly groundbreaking either. Delivers its story without pathos, and with only a little too much kid in a minefield suspense. Reminded me of Voces Inocentes by Luis Mandoki. This has a much less stressful pace and image. I am not sure what works better.
Very good portrayal of how normal life becomes not normal at all in an area of conflict. Men with guns on the mountainside, written slogans appearing on walls, children's names crossed off the school register as families start to leave. With the footballing kids at the centre, the shift from charm to chill is incremental but solid. Very good film.
Lack of depth and range in this bittersweet melodrama where the background to the story is drafted vaguely, as a long-distance threat never fully realised. As a viewer we join the kids in this unintelligible drama never fully aware of what is going on. That is arguably the biggest failure in this film as we hardly get satisfied with broad strokes but with insight and motivations, layers and different textures.
Director Arbelaez tells a story that is very down to earth while being ficticious. He uses the world's most famous sport in it's humblest settings to demonstrate childlike wonder and hope amidst political and literal battles in rural Panama. It's hard to watch this film & not see the correlation between father and son, sport and political conflict. Come for the mountain-scapes, stay for the albino.
This film pulled at your heart strings and told a story of a kid in Panama growing up in rural community with his family where fighting between the government and guerrillas have run the down and the people down. The little boy's love for soccer showed his innocence caught up in drama that he didn't really care about. Him and his mother do eventually leave his family's land and animals but only after his is murdered.
The Colors of the Mountain is a suspenseful movie shot in 2010 on the poverous countryside of Panama. This movie’s audio is fully in Spanish, but offers English subtitles for the convenience of someone like me. I would recommend this movie because it really makes you appreciate all the opportunities and freedoms we have here in America. You easily fall in love with the young, but courageous main character Manuel.
This film is a tragic account of warfare on a community from the perspective of the children and the destruction of the metaphorical color/life of their home. It is a story and just is a story of things that happen with no real solution to their problems. Maybe that’s the point, that the children are powerless to change the outcome. Just sad.
The film is beautifully set in the mountainous region of Columbia. For the majority of the film, the camera follows Manuel and his friends as they try to enjoy their childhood in an increasingly hostile environment. An intriguing narrative with believable performances. However, I was not as emotionally attached as I thought I would be for the families caught in the middle. A good but somewhat depressing find.
A bittersweet film depicting the lives of a community of kids trying to just be kids and how that is made so difficult by all the bullshit politics of their country. Sad that these governments treat their citizens like this, but the film is nicely layered and worth the watch. Nice metaphor with the soccer ball getting trapped in the minefield. It's a fine film.
Calling Colors "a mixture of innocence and brutishness," Slant's Chuck Bowen warns that "the polish of Arbeláe's storytelling is deceptive. Every gorgeous image so logically and comfortably fits into the next that you may think you're watching a more tranquil, sentimental film than you actually are." This is a fine film.