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The Colors of the Mountain (2010)
"Los colores de la montaña" (original title)

 |  Drama  |  6 May 2011 (USA)
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Manuel, 9, has an old ball with which he plays football every day in the countryside. He dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper. His wishes seem set to come true when Ernest, his father, ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hernán Mauricio Ocampo ...
Manuel
Nolberto Sánchez ...
Julián (as Luis Nolberto Sánchez)
Genaro Aristizábal ...
Poca Luz (as Genaro Alfonso Aristizábal)
Hernán Méndez ...
Ernesto
Carmen Torres ...
Miriam
Natalia Cuéllar ...
Carmen (as Natalia Cuellar)
Antonio Galeano ...
Don Alberto
Ángela Patricia Ángel ...
Luisa
Félix Jaramillo ...
Mario
Dora Patricia Méndez ...
Julián's Mother
Elizabeth Aristizábal ...
Poca Luz's Little Sister
Juan Rodrigo Correa ...
Poca Luz's Father
Berenice Echeverri ...
Poca Luz's Mother
María Alejandra Vargas ...
Julián's Sister
Javier Cardona ...
Guerrilla Leader
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Manuel, 9, has an old ball with which he plays football every day in the countryside. He dreams of becoming a great goalkeeper. His wishes seem set to come true when Ernest, his father, gives him a new ball. But an unexpected accident sends the ball flying into a minefield. Despite the danger, Manuel refuses to abandon his treasure... He convinces Julián and Poca Luz, his two friends, to rescue it with him. Amid the adventures and kids' games, the signs of armed conflict start to appear in the lives of the inhabitants of 'La Pradera'. Written by Anonymous

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Genuine performances, beautifully filmed
28 September 2014 | by (Oakland, New Jersey) – See all my reviews

A theme that pops up at a relatively high rate in foreign films I watch is that of children trying to go about their lives with a turbulent world all around them. This film from Colombia portrays one boy, a nine year old, and his friends who just want to play futbol after school. They just want to be kids. And isn't that what we should wish for children, to have happy, playful lives growing up? It's not so easy when guerrillas and paramilitary harass and even kill those who don't ally themselves with one side or the other. Here in this remote part of Colombia it's "Join us or we kill you" or "You're still here so you must be a bad guy, we kill you." Very difficult to live a quiet, peaceful life. Why must there be such warring violence? What can you do except try to rise above it and live... or run away to where it's safer. Here in this village, they just want to go to school and play soccer and tend to their farms. Such genuine performances in this beautifully photographed film. Children who've never acted are some of the finest actors ever thanks to a director who doesn't force acting but allows it to happen so naturally. Our story never relies on sap to evoke emotion, nor does it include over usage of violence and death to get to the point -- just life through these children and their families and their brave teacher who tries so hard to give them normalcy. If this followed the yellow brick road to shangri-la, it would have a happy, hopeful ending. Unfortunately life does not always take that road. Sad because of the circumstances surrounding our characters but a story that I so very much appreciated seeing and will most definitely watch again!

8.7 / 10 stars

--Zoooma, a Kat Pirate Screener


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