Ignacio Carrillo travelled all his life throughout the villages and regions of northern Colombia, playing music on his accordion. As he became older, he got married and settled with his wife in a small town. When she suddenly dies, he decides to make one last journey.
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What an amazing experience. Impeccable performances. Stunning cinematography - shot after shot of jaw dropping beauty. And the faces! I've not seen such wonderful faces since Sergio Leone. Plus who knew accordion death matches could be so much fun? This is the film movies want to be when they grow up.
Perhaps a bit too restrained, but it's restraint also conjures much of its potency. The main characters remain just out of reach, but to the right degree, which is where we want them. The gorgeous landscapes and cinematography lay the groundwork for so much of the film's character, which unravels more as myth than narrative.
Una mirada hacia la frustración, enmarcada en personajes solitarios que cargan con su estado. Esto, desde los ojos de su autor, expresandose no sólo con su guión, principalmente con su imagen y su sonido, como el mejor cine. Desde mi opinión, es la mejor película colombiana de todos los tiempos.
I found this gem a few years back while searching for Colombian films that weren't typically drug-crime related and immediately fell in love with Ciro Guerra, who proved to me that Colombian cinema can be beautiful and can be thoroughly original. This film is basically about an enchanted accordion and the journey between a master accordionist and a willful pupil. All aspiring Colombian filmmakers need to see this.
Great cinematography, some of the most poingnant I've seen, actually. But no story--seems to be merely gesturing at tropes typical of the epic journey archetype, yet without reason here. Every scene seems unnecessary, unfortunately.