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Bless Me, Ultima (2013)

PG-13 | | Drama, War | 22 February 2013 (USA)
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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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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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A boy's study of human faith and its good and bad.
25 August 2014 | by Reno RanganSee all my reviews

The film poster says that it was based on the controversial novel. I don't know anything about that, but I feel it was referred like that for the marketing purpose. Anyway, it was a good, an unexpectedly good movie that came my way. Being a fan of the kids movie I loved it very much. Not only that, the diverged story with often the plot that meets fantasy and reality at a certain quantity was told in a great quality. It might be a story of the kid, but many stuffs were cruel and violent that I doubt does it fit for children to watch. As it set during just after the second world war, I think the harsh side of the story was extremely essential. And also being true to the book.

The story was narrated from the character Antonio who takes us back to his childhood days. When he was a 7-year-old kid, he lived in a small village of the New Mexico. He was raised in a farmer family who was well respected in the town. One day an old lady called Ultima comes to join his family to live forth. Soon Antonio and Ultima begin to have a close relationship. As a medicine woman she teaches everything about mending and curing. And as a wise woman she resolves Antonio's doubts over the good and the bad. As a sudden a conflict between Ultima and a witch family from the town begin to take a wing. As a little boy nothing much he can do than witnessing which brings the end of his narration.

''A man's destiny must unfold itself like a flower. With only the sun, earth and water, making it blossom.''

It was from the first book of the four book series. And I am eager to know more about Antonio and his story of the different section of life. Hope they make those remaining 3 movies. This is a coming-of-age story and about a boy who is interested to become a priest which is well backed by his family. At the early age itself, he begins to learn the lessons with the help of the experienced hand. Kind of incredible journey of a little smart boy. The world he sees through his eyes was the story told about the human nature that collide between good and bad. The cast was not recognizable, probably I am seeing all of them for the first time. But the performances were very good. Apart from the boy and an old woman the remaining cast was also good. The movie was shot in the lovely places, captured beautiful dry landscapes, but there were a couple of scenes in the rain. Overall, a great movie, far from exhibiting the existing culture, but conflict remained the same. I feel like I must appreciate author as well this filmmaker to give such a nice movie.


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