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Breath of Life (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 2 May 2001 (France)
It begins with the tragedy of Armero, during the course investigates the murder of a beautiful woman and on his way some people die in the end a killing and a cemetery. Emerson Roque Fierro,... See full synopsis »

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Luis Ospina
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fernando Solórzano Fernando Solórzano ... Emerson Roque Fierro, the detective
Flora Martínez ... Golondrina / Pilar, the dead woman
Robinson Díaz ... Jacinto, the transvestite
Constanza Duque Constanza Duque ... Irene de Domingo, the mysterious woman
César Mora César Mora ... Magician, the blind man
Álvaro Rodríguez Álvaro Rodríguez ... John Jairo Estupiñán, the police officer
Álvaro Ruiz Álvaro Ruiz ... Medardo Ariza, the politician
Edgardo Román Edgardo Román ... Óscar 'Hammer' López, the boxer
Juan Pablo Franco Juan Pablo Franco ... José Luis Domingo, the bullfighter
César Badillo César Badillo ... Hugo Mora Sastoque, the taxi driver
Jaime Iván Paeres Jaime Iván Paeres ... Fat guy
Frank Beltran Frank Beltran ... Arley
Mónica Campo Mónica Campo ... Bartender
Jaime Andrés Uribe Jaime Andrés Uribe ... Dependant
Rosario Jaramillo Rosario Jaramillo ... Casino employee
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Storyline

It begins with the tragedy of Armero, during the course investigates the murder of a beautiful woman and on his way some people die in the end a killing and a cemetery.

Emerson Roque Fierro, former policeman and private investigator shadowing, investigates the murder of "Golondrina", a beautiful young woman, occurred in a seedy hotel in downtown Bogota. Without knowing who it is, begins to understand their relationships with a motley gallery of men: a corrupt politician, connected to drug trafficking and paramilitary groups, a bullfighter cunning and good for nothing, a boxer fallen on hard times with a force so stupid as rare Lotero intellect and an insightful blind. And in the midst of this, the dark threads entangling power to everyone, and especially the poor Fierro.

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

Colombia | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 May 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Soplo de vida See more »

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1.66 : 1
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Well thought, well acted, awful script
3 May 2000 | by cronopio-3See all my reviews

I went to see this film at the Hispanic Film festival of Miami, and it was certainly a success. Judging by their reactions, people on the theater were extremely pleased with the film, which is the first film Noir made in Colombia.

What a wonderful experience it was, especially for the wonderful actress Flora Martinez, who really brings life to her character.

Also, the histrionic talent of Cesar Mora as the blind man who sells lottery tickets is fantastic, he has such strong features that allow him to really mold into his character (I just saw him during the same festival, leading another Colombian film, "Golpe de estadio").

I was very pleased with the movie in general, although I must say that the script doesn't live up to my expectations; its erratic, monotone narrative really blocks the brilliant cast, mostly because it wants to achieve so much that it leaves many sub-plots points unresolved. Otherwise a fairly enjoyable film that exemplifies the strong influence of American cinema in Latin America, even though shoestring budgets and cultural differences make this kind of film a lot more enjoyable-for me at least-than their cousins from the north.


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