A filmmaker's inquiry into transcendence becomes a three-hour trip across countries and cultures, interconnecting people, places and times. From Toronto, the scene of his childhood, Peter ... See full summary »
A discontented Parisian teenager in search of a father with (Mathieu Amalric) and (Fabrizio Rongione) as his, respectively, callous and gentle alternative paternal options, and (Natacha Régnier) as his single mother.
I haven't seen any other M.O. Gomez's movies, but, in spite of thousands hours watching movies, I have seen very few films as peculiar as "La primera carga el machete". The movie is heavily influenced by Peter Watkins' impressive work: this one's first movies had been released for some years at these times, and their quite unique mix of historical news coverage style, documentary accuracy and fictitious eagerness are fundamental.
But M. O. Gomez managed to find his own style: the Hispanic-Cuban art of conversation deserves very pleasant dialogues between proponents and opponents, and the cinematography is deeply rooted in materializing the conflict which is told all along the story. The serious ease of historical and social veracity is thus enhanced by an originality and a lightness quite rare.
Furthermore, the project was granted with enough funds to achieve the director's aim: splendid master houses, real haciendas as well as vast battle fields are to be seen on screen, with lots of actors and extras, very accurate clothes, props and sets. The experimental willing also are enhanced by a brilliant production design.
Quite concise, rightly celebrated in the cult book written by Amos Vogel, "Film as a Subversive Art", this movie is highly recommended for anyone interested in atypical but brilliant cinema.
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