An elegy for the taming of a way of life. Martin's devotion to his land is both fused and stands in conflict to the impossible love he holds with Teresa; his adherence to both catalyzing his demise. The camera lingers to highlight the beauty of a moment, expressing a tragic finality at every step. Time freezes and moves at Tourneur's will, every movement full of life, a brick in the profound journey he crafted.
A film as much about identity as it is one about love or freedom. The identity of a way of life, a past soon to be forged into a new one. And the personal identity of a man who, through his destructive ways, suddenly feels the weight of his beloved land and the loss/suffering of his loved ones because of his adherence to the old macho way. Life closes in on him and Tourneur gives him the freedom to go his OWN way.