This is a timeless story of life and death and love. I was sincerely
curious to see why the talented Gael Garcia Bernal was playing the role
of a quiet yet playful, sensual and adventurous Mexican-American
traveling with his girlfriend through Georgia; An hyperactive
eccentric, and cultured, red haired eastern European/American.
At the beginning of the adventure. you can tell how they are melted
with each other, they are sensual and playful. Their bodies find joy in
every corner of the trip. Their intentions to travel into the unknown
seem to be aligned.
After they leave the urban sprawl, nature seems to have slowed their
need for sensuality. The director tunes into Nature as well. The
respect for long silences, gives the spectator an opportunity to
appreciate the slowness and continuum of the ecosystem. The water, the
erosion, an abandoned old house, the sound of a rock falling down the
hill, the change in flora and landscape.
This deep silence can be disturbing in the era of constant stimulation
and brain noise.
The purity of the film's message is appreciated in a time where we are
bombarded by cultural biasses and empty dramas. The film allows the
viewer to receive a simple yet profound story of life and death. It
depicts a multi-cultural journey into the phenomenon of the clash of
civilizations. An alegoria of a the hunter-gather phenomena. Of
survival of the fittest. Of the need for nurture and human connection.
And the present gender and cultural archetypes that are yet present