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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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