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Bless Me, Ultima (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 22 February 2013 (USA)
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A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village.

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Florence (as Diego Miró-Rivera)
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A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village.

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Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual references. | See all certifications »
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Abençoe-me Ultima: A Feiticeira  »

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$1,553,826, 22 February 2013
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Actor Manuel J. Baca Vaquero #2 became such a fan of the novel that he was always on the look out for the opportunity to see it become a play or film. As luck would have it Baca was cast in a New Mexico wide touring production of Bless Me Ultima performing the character Prudencio Luna (Tony's Grandfather) this part was the combined with the part of Uncle Pedro for the purposes of the play. Baca also played the part of the overbearing Father Byrne complete with Irish dialect, in the traveling production. This all took place as Baca was gearing up to shoot his scene in the film. See more »

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Antonio: Bless me, Ultima.
Ultima: I bless you in the name of all that is good and strong and beautiful.
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Muy Sabroso Blues
Written by Lalo Guerrero
Performed by Lalo Guerrero
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Bless Me, Ultima Review Period 2
30 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

In the film version of Bless Me, Ultima, Franklin seems to be most heavily influenced by the culture aspect of the book. This is achieved through a native-cultured sounding soundtrack and recurring shots of nature, which are often used as transitions between certain scenes. Franklin captures the innocence and curiosity of Antonio effectively by using many subjective shots throughout the film, which show Antonio's reaction to almost anything happening. This ranges from Lupito's death to simply his reaction of people in the town's market. In nearly every subjective shot, Antonio has the same facial expression that looks as if he is questioning everything he is seeing, and doesn't know what to make of it. However, in return, this leaves Antonio with one main emotion throughout the film (curiosity), which makes his character a tad stale, because his emotions are very rarely clearly explained. This also makes Antonio seem like he's not the main character, as he rarely talks and just listens and follows whoever he is with, unless he is with his friends. The prominence of Religion is captured well by Franklin by keeping Maria's authentic character in the film where she corrects bad behavior and often speaks of God and the Virgin Mary, and by using a strict priest who gives physical punishment and stresses the threat of Hell. Franklin also struggled with transitioning through time smoothly. It was hard to tell how much time was passing between each scene and the movie as a whole, due to the sudden cuts between night and day, and sometimes lack of context clues. In the book, the reader was able to detect that Antonio was slowly starting to think for himself and grow as a person. The film is ineffective at displaying this growth due to showing how Antonio is pondering a situation but not clearly showing how he feels. This remains true throughout the whole film, which leaves the most important character of the story stale and un-dynamic surrounded by characters of less importance that are clearly dynamic.


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