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Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

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Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

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Almost 2 hours of pure boredom
1 October 2017 | by See all my reviews

In spite of what critics might say, this movie does require the audience to actually take some time but not to "rejoice in a well told but a bit slow story" (sic)... You might perhaps dwell on what took you to watch this pretentious movie in the first place. But yes, you are going to remain in your seat for something close to 2 hours (if you don't leave, as some people did) to finally get... nothing.

Basically, if you read the storyline here, you've already had it all for nothing else happens, truly. Nothing. There is no back story for any character. Some of them pop up and disappear just the same. With no explanation whatsover. Then, the campaign to catch the "thieve"... it happens out of the blue. I asumed something occurred in between his decision to do so but the director chose (for some unknown reason) not to make that part of the story into the final cut. However, she did decide to include something else. It seems she found a lot of beautiful places to film her movie and in almost everyone she said "gee, let's film a bit here, no, no actors, just the landscape and then I will include it in the final cut", well, that is exactly what she did. Perhaps, if you are at home and you get to press fast forward from time to time... it might (huge emphasis there) improve the experience but I most sincerely doubt it.

All in all, it's a complete waste of time (and money) and *this* is what we sent from Argentina to the Oscars. Some reporter asked Lucrecia Martel why she has chosen to be absent from the cinemas for 9 years. Well, some of us haven't noticed her absence at all and would be very much welcome her to remain the way she was.


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