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3.2
20 Ratings

The Penal Colony

La colonia penal

Directed by Raúl Ruiz
Chile, 1970
Drama

Synopsis

A journalist arrives on the Latin American island of Captiva, where a dictatorial President rules capriciously over a society that seems to consist mainly of males in military uniform, speaking a polyglot language.

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The Penal Colony Directed by Raúl Ruiz

Critics reviews

Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes are name-checked, but the teasing, inquisitive disorientation is all Ruiz’s own, beginning with the multi-layered shot of the journalist remembering a dream (“The trees had all fallen and there was music, some kind of party…”) while slumped on a chair, framed between two doors with a sword duel outside reflected on the glass.
July 08, 2013
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Ruiz displaces Kafka’s central irony of the ‘perfect execution’ into a more complex ironic commentary on Latin America’s strenuous efforts to conform to the stereotypes by which it is commonly represented abroad.
January 01, 1985
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