The Other Conquest (1999)
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In this historical drama from Mexico, Damian Delgado plays Topilzin, a writer and the illegitimate son of Montezuma, who finds himself at odds with his nation's new leadership after Tenocchititlan's rule is put down by the Spanish Army in 1520. Topilzin refuses to adopt the new state-imposed religion and, after narrowly avoiding arrest following an incident in which he throws a rock at a friar, he's turned over to the police by his brother, and arrested in the presence of Hernando Cortes (Inaki
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In his bravura feature debut, [Salvador] Carrasco has created nothing less than a dazzling vision of the birth of a uniquely Mexican religion born of the searing fusion of Catholic and Aztec deities.
An arresting, balletic performance by Damian Delgado powers this vividly imagined, elegantly paced mystery play beyond period exoticism to a bona fide illumination of social, and sacred, history.
[Director] Carrasco uses shadows and mirrors to create effects he has no actual budget for. The lack of money shows on-screen but is cleverly hidden by the director's genius for making us care about his story so much that we forgive all else.
An incendiary mix of politics, religion, war, violence and personal turbulence -- not an easy film, but a complicated work of art.
A grand mural of trauma, with superb colors, a great escape scene and fertile myth-probing about how masters and vassals together forged the hot core of Mexican Catholicism.
Caught between efforts to redress Eurocentric accounts of the conquest of Mexico and a tendency to slide into old-movie melodramatics, Carrasco's film is often gorgeous, never less than entertaining and occasionally moving.
This is a film that dares to look at faith from a fresh perspective. The fact that the film is back in theaters at all is a near-miracle.
A marvelous vision: at once spectacle, history lesson, and potent psychological drama.
A dizzying intellectual experience that dares to tread where few films have in terms of religion, war and the curious contradictions that ensue when one group of humans conquers another.
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