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This 1976 Mexican feature is based on a reportedly real incident which took place in 1968. When a group of hikers happen upon a village governed by a paranoid and fanatical priest, they are labelled as communists and desecrators and are lynched by the bespelled townspeople. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi


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  • Canoa is a film with a horrific message that is still timely and important.

    Sep 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • ...stripped from all this historical and cultural context, many modern viewers unfamiliar with Mexican cinema might find the film ponderous, uneven, and even disengaging.

    Dec 27, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • [T]he portrait of a community leader manipulating the ignorant and illiterate to blindly follow him through fear, xenophobia, and religion is relevant to any time and place ...

    Apr 21, 2017 | Full Review…
  • a particularly sharp, unrelenting portrait of how groups and individuals-anywhere at any time-can be demonized to the point of inciting physical violence

    Apr 3, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A deeply disturbing study of mass hysteria, a lasting cultural document of "a shameful memory"...and a culturally specific but widely relevant snapshot of that late-'60s moment of student rebellion being met by violent institutional crackdowns. [Blu-ray]

    Mar 27, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Mar 28, 2013
    "Mass manipulation" is a tough word, but in some cases it correctly applies. During the presidency of Luis Echeverría (1970-1976), a significantly major cinematographic freedom was given to the industry and censorship regarding sensitive sociopolitical questionings came to a stop. Felipe Cazals, Jorge Fons and Jaime Humberto Hermosillo were the men that raised from the ashes and spoke out loud. The role of Cazals was daring. In what may be his (first?, second?) best film, government is confronted through eyes of hypocrisy and, indeed, manipulation. It is a brutal reflection about the weight of the social and political power of the Church in society, and about the strong use of religious and anticommunist ideologies in times of harshness and inner turmoil and confusion. But Cazals is intelligent. he never forgot about the rural heart. That is why he introduces us the town of San Miguel de Canoa in a faithful documentary style, and shows us his internal conflicts as well. Judging acts is very difficult when we do not consider what is behind the curtain, AND WE <b>ALMOST NEVER</b> SEE WHAT IS BEHIND THE CURTAIN!!! 95/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2007
    Religous intolerance and mass control is alive and well in Mexico. Despise this being based on something that happen in the 60's it could happen in these days, this country has barely changed at all.
    Tsubaki S Super Reviewer

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