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Soledad (2000)

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In 1855, in the U.S. South, we witness a slave auction at which a boy watches his father beaten. Jump ahead 30 years: in post-Abolitionist America, the lad is now a man, no longer a slave, ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Reggie Willis ...
Richard
Laila del Monte ...
Matilde
Zev Buchler ...
Vincente
Frenchie Jackson ...
Young Richard
Edward Wylie ...
Richard's Father (as Edward R. Wylie)
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In 1855, in the U.S. South, we witness a slave auction at which a boy watches his father beaten. Jump ahead 30 years: in post-Abolitionist America, the lad is now a man, no longer a slave, but humiliated nonetheless when he assists a blind White girl when she loses her balance. An impresario invites him to buy a ticket to see Matilde, a Flamenco dancer: the ticket will entitle him to watch her dance and possibly win her favors in a lottery afterwards. Richard, dressed in suit and tie, goes to the saloon where Matilde dances for a room full of drunks and reprobates. The winning lottery ticket is called. If Richard wins, will he claim his prize? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Poetic and Deeply Symbolic
8 May 2001 | by (Slightly North of Hell) – See all my reviews

Soledad is a wonderful tale of Richard, a man who is coming to terms with being a free man after spending his whole life as a slave. He had to endure watching his mother sold off to another slave trader, while his father was beat before his very eyes. An unfortunate accident during this whipping leaves him with a permanent scar ever reminding him of that day when he lost so much.

As he walks around he is constantly reminded by all those around him of how "different" he is. By chance he runs across Matilde a beautiful flamenco dancer who seems as trapped by her life as he is. There is a beautiful moment where they together are both completely and utterly free of the bonds that have held them too long.

This is both magical and poetic because it doesn't rely heavily on dialogue, but instead creates form and image to represent the emotions and tragedies that have befallen them both. The film has a wonderous texture, making you forget where you are and what you are doing and allow you to live in another world for a few minutes. It's something film should always do, but always seems hard to come by. If you ever get the chance check this one out, it's a rare find.


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