Embrace of the Serpent

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As rich visually as it is thematically, Embrace of the Serpent offers a feast of the senses for film fans seeking a dose of bracing originality.

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Movie Info

In the early 1900s, a young shaman (Nilbio Torres) in the Colombian Amazon helps a sick German explorer (Jan Bijvoet) and his local guide (Miguel Dionisio Ramos) search for a rare healing plant.

Cast & Crew

Nilbio Torres
Young Karamakate
Nicolás Cancino
Anizetto
Luigi Sciamanna
Priest Gaspar
Antonio Bolivar
Old Karamakate
Yauenkü Migue
Manduca
David Gallego
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Etienne Boussac
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Nascuy Linares
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Audience Reviews for Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente)

  • Jan 10, 2017
    "Embrace of the Serpent" is an amazing exercise in psychedelia. It concerns two generations of German scientists who traverse the Amazonian wilderness with the same medicine man. I can't fully say I've seen the film (twice) though because I can't find decent enough subtitles for it. The files that I have found for it are extremely poorly translated, and I don't think I can rightly surmise the profundity of it without seeing an officially sanctioned DVD or Blu-ray copy. Anyway, it is beautifully shot in black and white, then for the psychedelic climax it switches to color. It is on the level with Jodorowsky's "The Holy Mountain" once it reaches that point. It is an absolutely beautiful and visceral experience, and you should watch it in the highest definition you possibly can.
    K Nife C Super Reviewer
  • Oct 31, 2016
    Ciro Guerra creates a powerful film of transcendent beauty about the arrogance of the Western white man in relation to Native American cultures. Full review on filmotrope. com
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Oct 27, 2016
    http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2016/10/embrace-of-theserpent-el-abrazo-de-la.html
    Anthony L Super Reviewer
  • May 10, 2016
    An epic journey told with both stunning scope and meticulous detail. Some of the sequences here are breathtaking and unlike anything I have ever seen before.
    Daniel P Super Reviewer

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