Icaros explores the spiritual universe of the Shipibo indigenous people who live by the Ucayali river, one of the main tributaries of the Peruvian Amazon. Young Mokan Rono sets outs on a ... See full summary »
Her medical options exhausted, an American woman embarks on a journey to the Peruvian Amazon in search of a miracle. She lands at a healing center where shamans minister to a group of foreign psychonauts seeking transcendence, companionship, and the secrets of life and death. Her perceptions forever altered by the ancient psychedelic plant known as ayahuasca, she forges a bond with a young indigenous shaman who is undergoing a crisis of his own: he is losing his eyesight. In their visionary journeys together they attain a different sense of their destinies. She learns to accept her fears while, in turn, he realizes that he will be able to see in the dark and sing his ceremonial healing songs, the icaros.
It has good compositions. It has a good idea. It is not a very good movie. The after effects elements thrown in for a surrealistic effect fall a bit flat. The acting was fine, using non-professionals was a good choice. The main character seemed to resemble a 2x4 but maybe thats why shes in the forest trying to figure herself out. Its fine that this movie had no real risk or conflict but its pacing and narrative can't save it from being a vapid experience at the end.
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