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The Green Wall (1970)

La muralla verde (original title)
A young couple forsakes their urban existence for life in the exciting but dangerous Peruvian jungle.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julio Alemán ...
Mario
Sandra Riva ...
Delba
Raúl Martin ...
Rómulo
Lorena Duval ...
Madre de Delba
Enrique Victoria ...
Padre de Delba
Jorge Montoro ...
Jefe de tierras de montaña
Juan Bautista Font ...
Director de colonización
Escolástico Dávila ...
Escolástico
Hernán Romero ...
Jugador en el bar
Fernando Hilbeck ...
Jugador en el bar
Alfredo Battilana ...
Jugador en el bar
Jorge Castro ...
Jugador en el bar
Alfredo Morales ...
Jugador en el bar
Esteban Rengifo ...
Fidel
Aldo Zignago ...
Amigo
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A young couple forsakes their urban existence for life in the exciting but dangerous Peruvian jungle.

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...in this life the only sanctuary is love.

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Drama | Romance

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"A masterpiece!" (Roger Ebert).
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Based on the experiences of director Armando Robles Godoy as he established his homestead in the Peruvian jungle, The Green Wall is "a bitter and beautiful movie," in which "Godoy translates his experience into film poetry rather than flat reportage and uses the physical environment (exquisitely photographed by his cameraman brother, Mario) as a great natural mystery, idyllic but cruel, rich but unyielding to the will of a handsome young settler (Mexican star Julio Aleman, in a vibrant performance) who is determined to survive there with his family." The idyll is broken both by the bureaucracy in far-off Lima, and at the film's end: "The blow comes from the rain forest near their house, where father and son have constructed a mock city of clay as a symbol of the civilized stupidity they sought to escape. The film's final sequence, an almost wordless funeral, is masterful movie making, a haunting glimpse of humanity that lingers in the mind" (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker). "A masterpiece!" (Roger Ebert).


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