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.
It is pretty well shot, specially like the set. I like the characters but what it has in atmosphere is lost in lack of tangible explicit content. Many scenes feel cut short and rather than letting me fill the gap it leaves me wondering why it was there in the first place.
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...
Interesting that they want to stay where they are and don't want to move to the city (as suggested son). In fact they have everything to live. However, they do not have all 'luxurious' goods that nowadays seem to be standard in life (like phones, tv, internet or music player). It seems as if it was their choice - city is nearby and they have to buy coal from it. Is it a conscious choice or just a habit?
The tenuous impression of the armed conflict quietly permeates the gloomy landscapes and sombre interiors were humans sparsely show signs of life, seized by the dull cycle of the seasons. Vega captures the monotonous cadence of existence with formalist arthouse finesse dangerously detached from its soul, something to connect to at an emotional level.
"Vega’s mastery of old-school arthouse technique is impressive. Punctuated by a constant rhythmic backbeat of creaking wood, rustling wind and hammering rainfall, La Sirga is essentially a disjointed collage of stark sound effects and strikingly composed images. There may be an engaging human story ... but the film-makers prefer to keep it maddeningly cryptic." - Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter.
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.