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The River and Death (1954)

El río y la muerte (original title)
A useless and bloody vendetta has been going on for ages between two families in this mexican village. Men, sons, have killed each other for generations, for a so-called conception of honor... See full synopsis »

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Felipe Anguiano
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Gerardo Anguiano
Jaime Fernández ...
Romulo Menchaca
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Polo Menchaca
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Elsa
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Don Nemesio
Carlos Martínez Baena ...
Padre Julián
Alfredo Varela ...
Chinelas (as Alfredo Varela Jr.)
Miguel Manzano ...
don Anselmo
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Zósimo Anguiano
Jorge Arriaga ...
Filegonio Menchaca
Roberto Meyer ...
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Chel López ...
Compadre asesino
José Muñoz ...
don Honorio
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A useless and bloody vendetta has been going on for ages between two families in this mexican village. Men, sons, have killed each other for generations, for a so-called conception of honor in a revenge that never ends since it is also triggered by people of the village.

Now, today, there are only two sons left, one in each family. One has become a doctor in the big city and his culture is modern. The other last one - of the other family - hasn't left the village and is waiting for the doctor to come "home" as he plans to kill him, to settle this war on this matter of honor once and for all. And the people of the village want blood.

When the doctor finally comes to the village, because of his mother influenced by the villagers, he faces the other son who challenges his courage. First he refuses, but they have this fight on the island across the river. Just wounds. Finally the doctor convinces his opponent to make peace in front of the whole village and not listen to the opinion of the ...

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30 June 1955 (Mexico)  »

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A fine piece of art
27 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

Again Bunuel delivers a grand movie, that is top notch, from beginning to the end. While exploring more human faults, as in his other movies I have watched at the Berlin Film Festival, he digs deep inside the homo sapiens and shows us our flaws, while the characters don't really understand that they're acting irrational. And even if they do try to swerve from this "circle", it seems inevitable that they fall back into it.

Great acting and a great story get mixed together with a nice framing by Bunuel, who understands how he can use the medium film, to portray human stories, that do touch us (as in this case). Some might feel, that the pacing could've been a bit faster, but I do think that it is better this way. Slow but steady into ... Watch it and you won't be disappointed!


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