A young boy living in a remote village in the Andes Mountains dreams of becoming shaman.A young boy living in a remote village in the Andes Mountains dreams of becoming shaman.A young boy living in a remote village in the Andes Mountains dreams of becoming shaman.
The pictures are haunting and a piece of art. It was originally intended to be a stop motion technique, but they decided to do it in some sort of 2d that has nevertheless a stop motion sensation.
The story is indeed dark, as it was the real story, toned down for children and transformed into an abstract fantasy but without avoiding the message. It mocks the european conqueror that came to kill and steal resources from the natives, but also the Inca empire that did virtually the same to its people, so it's not entirely a one-sided vision. It might have some exaggerated moments, but we allow it as some kind of poetic justice, and besides it's a kid's movie.
Some elements of the pre-columbian culture shown could be a bit shocking for what we are allowed to see after children's movies pass the filter of globalization, but we must understand that this is how things were, we can criticize it, praise it or (ideally) a mixture of both, but not hide it.
The values of this movie are somehow near Miyasaki films, focused on the wonders and richness of our mother nature, which is a good message for future generations.
- Jun 15, 2019