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  1. - Caltiki -'s rating of the film The Pearl Button

  2. The Boreal Chorus's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    Guzmán fearlessly knocks down the blinders that are set up by reason to forge a path into Chile's distant—and recent—past, one which allows for a poetic and intuitive vision. By way of the elements, he draws us into his own contemplation of the existential and political in order to re-evaluate disconnected historical chapters in a part of the world that has witnessed more than its fair share of human cruelty.

  3. Mitchell Glidden's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    There are a few glorious moments where this feels like Planet Earth as a tone poem, but then the talking heads start popping up, and soon a boring documentary framework is forced on the whole thing.

  4. SiIencio's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    Somehow puzzling is that Guzmán wanders so close around Nostalgia for the Light again, just five years later, in style & subject matter, however with less than satisfactory results. While in Nostalgia the formula of juxtaposing themes works so naturally & these combine for a clever allegory, here we have others that feel forced & refuse to blend & quickly become redundant under the echoes of past allegations.

  5. mpho3's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    I continue to be fascinated by the themes within Guzmán's gaze and impressed by the connections he makes. His work is thoughtful, meditative, beautifully filmed and edited, but this film did not move me to the same degree as Nostalgia for the Light. Perhaps I've been rendered numb by man's inhumanity to man as recounted on the daily news. 3.5 stars

  6. Diderot's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    A poetic and melancholy documentary about the history of indigenous peoples in Chile and the history of Chile in the universe.

  7. Carrie Hunter's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    Raul Zurita! And also what a beautiful and sad movie.

  8. sahar safarian baranlou's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    The beautiful picture and the horrifying story of the genocide, makes an astonishing paradox which carves the skin and penetrates the soul.

  9. Reynaldo Goulart's rating of the film The Pearl Button

  10. David R Williams's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    The haunting beauty of the opening scenes is nullified by the deep rage and overwhelming sorrow that follows as we learn of the horrors perpetrated upon this country first by colonialists and then by the CIA-backed Pinochet dictatorship. By the end the sense of horror and disgust is tempered but slightly by the hope that perhaps indeed one day we all return to the stars.

  11. Samuel Wells's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    Patagonia is one of the most astonishing settings imaginable in this world, often times it reaches beyond what we can grasp without having experienced ourselves in real life. The scenic shots of this region did well to give justice to it. It is a visually gratifying film throughout. It does struggle in marrying the history, both the personal and the general stories never quite fit and were let downs after the scenery

  12. photo_aurora's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    This is a very beautiful and moving film about the treatment of indigenous people in Patagonia and the Pinochet coup. Be warned, there are graphic images and description of torture and death. Because the film has such a lyrical quality to it, these images are even more upsetting. Nature is its own character, and spirituality infuses the entire work. Recommended, but be prepared to look into both light and darkness.

  13. Dago Schelin's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    Poetic, a film that should also be heard (with headphones) in order to appreciate the sounds of water and the soft voice of Guzmán.

  14. peter's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    It's beautiful and has a truth that can be found only, I think, when you can combine the best of fiction and documentary

  15. BEGONIAC's rating of the film The Pearl Button

  16. Miggy Angel's rating of the film The Pearl Button

  17. Chris Gillespie's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    Guzman is a terrific documentarian, and in the voiceover style of Herzog, follows his curiosity into the darkest areas of human history. I do agree with others that some of the connections felt forced, which came across unnaturally.

  18. dave.marston@gmail.com's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    This film is beyond problematic. Like an aristocrats holiday scrap book.

  19. dentinhos's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    Home Alone com @cabrapreta na Roosevelt ---------- Diretor altamente recomendável

  20. Draughtsman Without Contract's rating of the film The Pearl Button

  21. pezfelinoespia's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    Otra genialidad de Patricio Guzmán,demostrando que es un genio para relacionar.Comenzando con algo de otro documental de el "nostalgia de la luz",para relacionarlo al tema principal de este documental,el agua!!... así comienza a fluir como una corriente de agua,mostrando la rica historia de la Patagonia chilena,incluyendo toda la crueldad que se vivió en esa zona,pero siempre todo gira entorno del agua,una genialidad

  22. luminous's rating of the film The Pearl Button

    Water is the interstitial space that binds us to the stars.

  23. Laura G.'s rating of the film The Pearl Button

    "Todos somos arroyos de una sola agua."

  24. Elme Dino's rating of the film The Pearl Button

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