Days of Santiago (Dias de Santiago)

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The film explores the tragic impossibility of a war veteran to re-integrate into civilian life. Twenty-three-year-old Santiago returns home to Peru, weary from years of jungle fighting and searching for hope. But his native Lima has become a less than welcoming place. Unable to get a job or credit or to afford an education, misunderstood by his family, wife and friends whom he finds decadent and distant, Santiago's estrangement from an increasingly hostile and chaotic world deepens, as his anger and frustration rise. Through a powerful and original style of narration, the film vividly examines the effects of war upon those who carry it out.


Critic Reviews for Days of Santiago (Dias de Santiago)

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

  • a look at an ex-soldier, who after "six years of battling terrorists, the Peruvian drug mafia, and a nationalist war against Ecuador," finds out there's no place for him in civilization. . .Existentialist fare at its best.

    Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Pietro Sibille is exceptional as Santiago, and the rest of the cast turn in dynamic performances.

    Dec 8, 2005 | Rating: 3/4
  • Dias de Santiago zeros in on the disconnect between one man's sense of entitlement and the unforgiving realities of life in contemporary Lima.

    Dec 7, 2005 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • If the movie lacks narrative originality, it leaves a singularly raw impression of having spent time inside someone's sweaty, ill-fitting skin.

    Dec 6, 2005 | Full Review…

    David Ng

    Village Voice
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  • easy to sympathize with

    Jul 2, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The film's greatest asset is Sibille's slow-burning performance Santiago, a man whose nature and aspirations are fundamentally at odds.

    Dec 9, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Days of Santiago (Dias de Santiago)

  • May 17, 2013
    An interesting perspective on the recovery of war. This feels like a post Vietnam pic but the unique angle adds to the delivery of very unique recovery.
    John B Super Reviewer

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