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About the Movie
At once blistering and poetic, the ravages of colonialism cast a dark shadow over the South American landscape in EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT, the third feature by Ciro Guerra. Filmed in stunning black-and-white, SERPENT centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 131
- Fresh: 127
- Rotten: 4
- Average Rating: 8.4/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Though some of the concepts may be New Age boilerplate, the film's images linger; especially that of the river, the snake devouring us all.
Fresh: This stunning historical drama, shot mainly in black and white across the Amazon region of Colombia, focuses on a shaman who's approached at different points by white men seeking medicinal substances.
Fresh: It is gripping, challenging, engrossing stuff, beginning to end. Seriously, what a film.
Fresh: The film moves into psychedelic and violent territory, creating a perspective that is equally unreal and unforgettable.
This film transported me to a new place
A slowly building story, linking two generations of Amazon explorers/prospectors with one native guide; a fusion of Conrad's Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now in the sense of the epic quest and the unexpected prize at the end. All shot in black and white giving the movie a mystical feel. And there are lessons to learn watching this movie - about how well we know ourselves and what we want. And the cost of severing our ties with the natural world. It took me on a journey and left me deep in thought. Watch it.
This movie is magical. I'm not one of those people that uses that to describe things willy nilly, and I mean it when I say it. All of the reviews that say that it will transport you, are spot on. The narrative is a little different than you're used to, but when it all comes together...it's truly beautiful. Don't be scared by how long it is, spend the $7 or $8, and get ready for something truly different.
Void realms, meditative madness, a journey into yourself.