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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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Ultima
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Gabriel
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Maria
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Tenorio
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Narciso
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Uncle Pedro
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Uncle Lucas
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Uncle Juan
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Uncle Mateo
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Antonio's Grandfather
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Andrew
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Eugene (as Miguel Gómez)
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Leon (as Alejandro Cabrera)
Diego Miró ...
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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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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Reconciling good vs. evil through the eyes of a child
21 March 2013 | by (Southern California) – See all my reviews

It is rare for a movie dealing with essential spiritual questions to do it with such grace as this one does. Confronted with the age-old question of why evil exists in the world, the film's central character, Antonio, finds many explanations including those offered but his religious upbringing, those offered by his peers including those of an atheist, and those of his grandmother. The viewer is left to draw his own conclusions from the explanations offered in the film, but some universal truths are offered as part of the explanation: good overcomes evil in the end, we are one with all that is created, and caring and compassion are the most essential callings that each of us can rise to. This movie's strength, however, is that it does not preach its message but allows it to unfold. It is in the viewer's reflections upon what he has seen in the movie that the spiritual messages are finally realized. This movie both entertains and enlightens and encourages thought & reflection, unlike the Sci-Fi violence & mindlessness popular today in other films.


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