Alicia feels lost. The memory of war clings to her mind in a terrifying rumble. Thrown off her land by armed conflict, she tries to build a new life at ‘La Sirga’, a rundown boarding house on the shore of a large lagoon high up in the Andes mountain range.
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A well-made thoughtful film about vulnerability, mystery, loss... it has an understated quality in which little details and gestures add up toward the creation of possible meanings. But the film refuses to preach or manipulate and instead allows the viewer to have a deeply personal interaction with the facts, as well as the looming mysteries and emotions it hints at beyond what is perceived.
This is one of those hidden gems that film fanatics like to find. On the surface it looks and seems ordinary. But there's a mystery going on, and don't expect any easy answers. All that and gorgeous cinematography.
Part of a clutch of Colombian films - others include The Colors of the Mountain, Impressions of War, and the excellent Siembra - that get at the violence and traumas of intrastate conflict in fresh and frequently indirect ways. The Towrope is closest to Siembra in its evocation of nature, and the banal struggle of bodies trying to carve out a sense of hospitality & permanence in an inhospitable & impermanent world.
Slow-burning, set in dreamy and desolate surroundings. I was impressed by the contrasts - that quiet, lonely place and the sense of tension, the orgy of violence in the background and the painful silence of those who managed to escape... Impressive visuals and sound, incredible performances. An amazing film about loss and the human cost of armed conflicts that spares the cheap drama...