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  • Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him to share his turkey, but he refuses all except Death. In return, Death gives him a bottle of water which will heal any illness. Soon, Macario is more wealthy than the village doctor, which draws the attention of the feared Inquisition.

  • Macario revolves around a man who, on his daily toil to provide for his impoverished family encounters Satan, God and Death. One of them offers a supernatural ability in exchange for a seemingly little price. Macario and his family experience the journey and consequences this new gift has brought to their lives. It's a beautiful cinematic timestamp of colonial México that involves it's folklore, class inequalities and the struggles of rural life. Based on the novel by B. Traven, which respectively is loosely based on Grimms Brother's Godfather Death.


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