Los Muertos (2004)
Critic Reviews for Los Muertos
The stunning Los Muertos plunges the viewer directly into its protagonist's world.
It's a tremendous experience, whatever it is; the kind of thing supposed art-movie audiences used to tolerate and pretty much don't anymore.
See Los Muertos with virgin eyes; this cool-headed enigma is best approached cold, ignorant of everything but the title.
Audience Reviews for Los Muertos
...this is about a man who is released from prison and delivers a letter for a friend in prison and tries to re-connect with his daughter & family. the director fills this movie with lots of long long long shots which gives it a feeling of longing and loss.
Quite a contemplative piece of work. The film opens with a disorientating and ambiguous shot of two bodies in a jungle shot with shallow focus and ends with an equally ambiguous ending. The aesthetic sort of reminds me of Hou and maybe Jia, though with much less action and dialogue. There are some striking images such as the shots of gathering of honey and the slaughtering of the goat. The facets dvd was awful, the film looked like it was shot on digital even though it's 35mm.
I'm thankful that I waited a couple of days before trying to compose a few thoughts on "Los Muertos". I was initially disappointed because never returned to the surreal tone of it's opening shot. Then I settled in for something akin to Kinski's maddening jungle explorations. Again, it moved along other paths.Rather, it kept itself as closed and withdrawn as the central character. The lack of explanations or typical "criminal psychology" was initially a stumbling block, but now I'm satisfied with the film's mysteriousness and its general lack of forward motion. Alonso establishes himself as a voice to listen for in the future. Don't forget to keep the DVD rolling during the credits. The music is fitting.
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