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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Retratos en un Mar de Mentiras by Carlos Gaviria, 2010 (R)

with Paola Baldión, Julián Román, Edgardo Román, Valeria Fuentes, Ana María Arango

An emotionally engaging story about Mariana, who is practically mute, decides to travel with her cousin Jairo to claim an inheritance. But on the road back home she is continuously triggered to a past of childhood trauma, when Colombian paramilitary and guerrillas forced displacement. These flashbacks reveal her lost identity, family and love-breaking Mariana's silence and opening her heart to grieve and love again.

Interesting portrayal of a society through the journey of two, their instinct, their survival and their beauty. The cinematography is full of colors, the landscapes dangerous and amazing. I was surprised by the lack of explanation you have all along, and how well, in contradiction, you get to know the two. The universality of the quest is combined with a world so foreign to me that it took me a lot of thinking in perspective to understand certain reactions and behaviors, and sometimes even not comprehend. Fascinating.

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