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Embrace of the Serpent

  • Drama
  • Action
  • 2015
  • Ciro Guerra
  • 119 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Adventure spanning 40 years, starring Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolívar Salvador and Brionne Davis. Guided by a shaman who is the last remaining member of his tribe, two scientists search the Amazon rainforest for a sacred plant that has healing properties.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Colombian writer/director Ciro Guerra's epic, spiralling adventure takes a journey upriver through South American geography, history and myth to deliver one of the most ravishing films from the continent in years. Plaiting together stories that unfold in two different time periods, the Oscar-nominated movie follows how a shaman named Karamakate, the last of his tribe (played as young man and venerable elder by different actors), engages with visitors from the developed world who come to the Amazon in search of a rare healing plant. In each storyline, Karamakate and his companions witness the ravages wrought by the rubber trade that leaves scars not just on the land but on the people themselves. And twice he has chilling encounters at a mission deep in the jungle where the Christian brothers use torture and brainwashing to wipe out the language, religion and culture of the local tribespeople. David Gallego's opalescent monochrome cinematography is simply breathtaking and only enhances an utterly magnetic experience.

Credits

Cast

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Théodor von Martius, "Théo"Jan Bijvoet
EvanBrionne Davis
Old KaramakateAntonio Bolívar Salvador
Young KaramakateNilbio Torres
ManducaYauenku Miguee

Crew

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DirectorCiro Guerra

Details

Theatrical distributor
Peccadillo Pictures
Released on
2016-06-10
Languages
English | German | Portuguese | Latin | Catalan | Spanish
Guidance
Violence.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Black and white
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