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Bless Me, Ultima (2013)

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A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village.

Director:

Carl Franklin

Writers:

Rudolfo Anaya (based on the novel by), Carl Franklin (written for the screen by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Luke Ganalon ... Antonio
Miriam Colon ... Ultima
Benito Martinez ... Gabriel
Dolores Heredia ... Maria
Castulo Guerra ... Tenorio
Joaquín Cosio ... Narciso
Manuel Garcia-Rulfo ... Uncle Pedro
Reko Moreno ... Uncle Lucas
Luis Bordonada ... Uncle Juan
Joseph Garcia ... Uncle Mateo (as Joseph A. Garcia)
James Victor ... Antonio's Grandfather
Raúl Castillo ... Andrew
Miguel Gomez ... Eugene (as Miguel Gómez)
Alex Cacho ... Leon (as Alejandro Cabrera)
Diego Miró ... Florence (as Diego Miró-Rivera)
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A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village.

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Drama | War

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Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual references. | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

22 February 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abençoe-me Ultima: A Feiticeira See more »

Filming Locations:

Abiquiu, New Mexico, USA

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,553,826, 22 February 2013
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Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Author of the original novel Rudolfo Anaya was a frequent visitor to the set and was treated like royalty by cast and crew, because a majority of both were natives of New Mexico and grew up on the novel. See more »

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Ultima: But where there is no penance, there can be no forgiveness.
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La Feria de Las Flores A.K.A. Me Gusta Cantarle al Viento
Written by Jesus Monge
Performed by Lydia Mendoza
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Reconciling good vs. evil through the eyes of a child
21 March 2013 | by inspireleadSee all my reviews

It is rare for a movie dealing with essential spiritual questions to do it with such grace as this one does. Confronted with the age-old question of why evil exists in the world, the film's central character, Antonio, finds many explanations including those offered but his religious upbringing, those offered by his peers including those of an atheist, and those of his grandmother. The viewer is left to draw his own conclusions from the explanations offered in the film, but some universal truths are offered as part of the explanation: good overcomes evil in the end, we are one with all that is created, and caring and compassion are the most essential callings that each of us can rise to. This movie's strength, however, is that it does not preach its message but allows it to unfold. It is in the viewer's reflections upon what he has seen in the movie that the spiritual messages are finally realized. This movie both entertains and enlightens and encourages thought & reflection, unlike the Sci-Fi violence & mindlessness popular today in other films.


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