An adventure drama that tells the story of Santiago, a 22-year old from Lima. Following his father's suicide, haunted by his inner daemons and hatred for the world in general, Santiago ... See full summary »
An adventure drama that tells the story of Santiago, a 22-year old from Lima. Following his father's suicide, haunted by his inner daemons and hatred for the world in general, Santiago decides to escape the crude Lima winter to take refuge in Mancora, a beach to the north of Peru where it is always summer. Upon his departure, Santiago receives the unexpected visit from his stepsister, Ximena, a young and beautiful photographer in her late twenties, accompanied by her husband Inigo, a young surgeon from Spain. The three take off on a journey escaping reality and in search of themselves. Santiago and Ximena find refuge in each other, which sparks off jealousies within Inigo, and a trip that was intended to be a simple escape turns out to be much more, when each of the three crosses limits and borders they should never have crossed. The three are placed face to face with their dreams and daemons. "Mancora" is a story of redemption, where a kid becomes a man and learns to forgive the ... Written by
If I had viewed this in my 20's/30's I probably would given higher marks than now. The bohemianism, sexuality, beautiful faces and bodies, scenery and drugging would have been stimulating and enthralling. I notice that the under thirty crowd almost unanimously rates this a 10 and the over 30 rates it 6 or less.
I agree wholeheartedly with the Sundance Film Festival's review of this film. I left the theater underwhelmed. As one mellows, this kind of film appears frightening instead of exciting. It reminds one of all the near misses in this period of life, the drug trips that almost or did go bad, the effect of too much "intimacy". It is appealing that this film shows that Xime and Santi appear to come out okay on the other end (as they are basically good people), but still kind of portrays a fairy tale ending which is probably not really in sync with reality.
While there are some that have lived these lives and come out okay on the other end, there are seemingly many more who don't seem to recover from the detritus of these kinds of experiences. This film seems to glamorize this lifestyle which is my main objection to this film. I don't think it is accurate and no matter how you slice it, a brother is a brother (whether he is "step" or not.). Sleeping with your step-brother is just not cool. However, it is cinema, so I guess one should leave it at that.
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