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Ardor (2014)

El Ardor (original title)
R | | Drama, Western | 2014 (USA)
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A mysterious man emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to help a poor farmer and his daughter, who are threatened by a band of mercenaries hired to force them to sell their land.

Director:

Pablo Fendrik

Writer:

Pablo Fendrik (screenplay)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Alice Braga ... Vania
Gael García Bernal ... Kaí
Chico Díaz
Jorge Sesán Jorge Sesán
Claudio Tolcachir Claudio Tolcachir ... Tarquinho
Iván Steinhardt Iván Steinhardt ... Man without revolver
Lautaro Vilo Lautaro Vilo ... Jara
Julián Tello Julián Tello ... Vando
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Bordering the vast Amazonian rainforest along the Argentinian Paraná River, a ruthless band of three brothers led by the psychotic Tarquinho uproots the lush woods and its peaceful inhabitants to grab their land. However, when Vania, the daughter of a large tobacco farm owner is abducted, the cryptic and blessed with a quasi-supernatural bond with the land, Kaí, emerges from the river, on the trail of her gun-toting captors. But who is this silent protector? Can he save the innocent Vania and the wild jungle from deforestation? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

El Ardor: The Justice of the Weak. See more »

Genres:

Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, some gruesome images and a scene of sexuality | See all certifications »
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Argentina | Mexico | Brazil | France | USA | Spain

Language:

Spanish | English | Guarani

Release Date:

2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Misiones, Argentina See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The man from the river
9 April 2016 | by gradyharpSee all my reviews

Pablo Fendrick wrote and directed this Argentine film that tries to be something more than barely tolerable but gets lost in what seems like an endlessly slow moving uncomfortable night at the movies. The rain forests are beautiful, the scenery is fine, the actors are fine, but the story cannot seem o decide whether it is a myth or a political statement about the gross disparity between the wealthy and the poor in South America.

The chief attraction is Gael García Bernal (Kai), a mysterious man who emerges from the Argentinean rain forest to help a poor farmer and his daughter Vania, who are threatened by a band of mercenaries hired to force them to sell their land and take over his property by setting fire to their farm and community. They capture Vania (Alice Braga) but Kai rescues her and we are left to discern what the future will hold for these 'creatures'.

Fans of Gael García Bernal will get to see a lot of him here but even this fine young actor cannot salvage this very tedious and meaningless film. In Spanish with English subtitles.


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