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La sirga (2012)

Not Rated | | Drama | 24 April 2013 (France)
A Colombian refugee tries to rebuild her life at a guest house located on the shores of a great lake in the Andes.

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Joghis Seudin Arias ... Alicia
Julio César Roble ... Óscar
Floralba Achicanoy ... Flora
David Fernando Guacas ... Gabriel Mirichis (as David Guacas)
Heraldo Romero ... Freddy
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Having nowhere else to turn, a teenager named Alicia, following the deaths of her parents by unknown guerrillas in a war-torn region of Columbia, is able to track down her paternal Uncle Óscar for a place to live if only temporarily, he who didn't even know she existed and who had not seen Alicia's parents for quite some time. He agrees, with one stipulation being that she stay out of his son Freddy's room, Freddy who no longer lives there. Óscar lives at La Sirga, a run down guest house nestled in the mountains and on the shores of Laguna De La Cocha. It is barely inhabitable and which impoverished Óscar does not have the money to repair. Despite the probability that any tourists stopping by anytime soon is remote at best due in part to the war, Alicia, to do her part, starts to help make repairs along with Óscar's housekeeper Flora, while Óscar largely spends his time down at the harbor trying to set-up a trout farm with his friends at the cooperative. Alicia also befriends Mirichis... Written by Huggo

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more of a poem than a novel
29 September 2014 | by See all my reviews

Though there is obviously conflict in the fabric of this film (Alicia arrives at her Uncle's home having fled the burning of her home and the murders of her family), the film is not about those conflicts, and if you enter this film expecting confrontations and resolutions you will be disappointed. The film is about more even than Alicia's reaction to conflict; it is not just a portrait of PTSD, though that is certainly in there as well. It is about the journey through life in a world of mystery and peril. Even nature herself seems quietly malevolent, a participant in the turmoil that boils beneath the surface. Tufts of weeds move about autonomously, as if participating in the smuggling of arms among the factions of humans who do battle just out of sight. It is about the abandonment of hope and wisdom under the weight of the soggy fabric of reality. Alicia buries candles in the muddy banks of the river when she sleepwalks at night.

In the end, it would be easy to get distracted by questions about who killed whom (though the clues are there if you are interested), but from Alicia's point of view that is a meaningless pursuit. The only distinction between the two sides is the color of the armbands, and she didn't even notice which armband army killed her family. She just knows deaths happened, home was incinerated, and it's time to move on.

This film is very carefully crafted and it is much more of a poem than a novel. It has been several days since I viewed it, and I could not have written about it on the first day. It needs time beyond the time it takes to watch it, and if you give it that time it will reward you richly. It seems to me that the negative reviews share a tone of impatience, a need for the film to tell all, answer all the questions, move from point A to point B in a clear line. If that is your taste, there are many fine films that do that, but this is not one of them. I once took a friend to see Taxi Driver, and he was upset because he was expecting a film adaptation of the sitcom Taxi. His expectations and disappointment had no bearing on the quality of the film that we actually did see, a masterpiece in every way. Same lesson applies here: don't go in expecting it to be something it is not. If you do, you will totally miss this poetic masterpiece.


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