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Juan Felipe Cano
The Peruvian anti-terrorist army takes control of a far away and unknown small village isolated in the Andes by the terrorist militia "Sendero Luminoso" (Shining Path), during the dirty war in Peru at 80's decade.
The Peruvian army captain Pantaleon Pantoja, a very serious and efficient officer, is chosen by his superiors to set up a special service of 'visitors' to satisfy the sexual needs of the soldiers posted on remote jungle outposts. At first unhappy about this assignment, he nonetheless puts his remarkable organizational skills in action and in a short time has his 'unit' running smoothly. In the home front things get complicated though; his wife dislikes his long hours and the secrecy surrounding his work, and he, despite being a dedicated husband, feels tempted by one of his "subordinates". Written by
Marcelo R. <email@example.com>
There are no words big enough to praise this movie.
I'm totally overwhelmed. I just saw this movie on "You Tube" because after seeing "No se lo digas a nadie" I felt such an admiration for its director, Francisco Lombardi, that I had to see something else directed by him.
I think this man is a genius, this film is memorable, it must be one of the best movies I've ever seen. The script is fabulous (of course, having its origin on a story by Mario Vargas Llosa it couldn't have been otherwise) and the transcript to the screen is superb.
This shows us that the primordial importance for a movie to succeed it's to have a sound script and if there is a sound script in the history of movie-making, this movie has it.
The story starts a parable that as an arch gradually hoops and by the end of the movie closes itself making a perfect circle. One of the most touching moments in the contemporary cinema is given here by the flickering little flame of a cigarette lighter when its light brings to our memory the remembrance of a loved one that by now is no more. Breathtaking.
I don't have words to express my admiration for this movie, it's so sublime that it defies any description and my English is very limited. The actors spectacular, all of them (I'm so sorry, but I'm not familiar with their names) anyhow, it would be unfair to mention two or three names and leave all the others behind, because all of them were perfect in their roles.
The irony poured by Vargas LLosa within this story, its bitterness and his knowledge of human behavior is overwhelming, and the masterly conduction of Francisco Lombardi, makes the end of this movie quite difficult to assimilate, it's too unjust (although perfectly realistic knowing the powers to be and their ways) and one would have liked something rosier, but then the whole purpose of the story would have been totally deceived. Please, for the life of me, DO NOT MISS IT!!!
I feel I just saw a masterpiece of a movie.
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