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93 Ratings

The Territory

Directed by Raúl Ruiz
Portugal, 1981
Horror, Drama, Adventure


When several Americans start out on their trek through a large national park, they have no idea that their lack of expertise will get them hopelessly lost – and facing starvation, they have some grim alternatives available if they want to survive.

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The Territory Directed by Raúl Ruiz

Critics reviews

In Raúl Ruiz’s “philosophical exploitation movie,” The Territory(1981), social order reveals itself to be little more than a crown over a decayed tooth—an effective shield that is suitable until it cracks… Co-written by Gilbert Adair and based partly on a true story, Ruiz’s surreal tale of ecological and psychological terror is as grotesque as it is mesmerizing.
December 09, 2016
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Not everything Ruiz touched turned to gold. The Territory (1981), a clumsy Hobbesian allegory about human barbarity and perhaps the end of civilization, makes Treasure Island (1983), his homage to Robert Louis Stevenson seem better than it is.
November 29, 2016
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Finally released commercially in 1983, The Territory was acclaimed in some quarters as a philosophical horror film. Alain Masson in Positif described it as a ‘refined example of theological perversity in the manner of Pierre Klossowski’, and linked it to a history of philosophical speculation on cannibalism from Pascal and Calvin to Montaigne. The human body is the true territory of the film, its borders and functions ambiguously defined in relation to acts of eating, violence and sexuality.
January 01, 1993
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