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Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente) (2016)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Embrace of the Serpent features the encounter, apparent betrayal and finally life-affirming friendship between an Amazonian shaman (the last survivor of his people) and two foreign scientists.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Art House & International
Directed By:
Written By:
In Theaters:
 limited
On DVD:
Box Office:
$1,320,005.00
Runtime:
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Cast

Nilbio Torres
as Young Karamakate
Antonio Bolívar Salvador
as Old Karamakate
Nicolas Cancino
as Anizetto

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Critic Reviews for Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente)

All Critics (121) | Top Critics (33)

Unique and intoxicating, an art movie that grips like a thriller.

Full Review… | June 9, 2016
Time Out
Top Critic

It is gripping, challenging, engrossing stuff, beginning to end. Seriously, what a film.

Full Review… | April 22, 2016
Detroit News
Top Critic

The film moves into psychedelic and violent territory, creating a perspective that is equally unreal and unforgettable.

Full Review… | March 31, 2016
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

[Karamakate is] a frankly great character in a thoroughly gripping film.

Full Review… | March 10, 2016
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

This stunning historical drama, shot mainly in black and white across the Amazon region of Colombia, focuses on a shaman who's approached at different points by white men seeking medicinal substances.

Full Review… | March 10, 2016
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Though some of the concepts may be New Age boilerplate, the film's images linger; especially that of the river, the snake devouring us all.

Full Review… | March 10, 2016
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Embrace Of The Serpent (El Abrazo De La Serpiente)

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 Parsons
Daniel Parsons

Super Reviewer

½

Dull and confusing. The story around the Amazonian and the two European scientists simply was not interesting enough to hold my interest. Noteworthy for me mainly for the scenery of the Amazon and not much else. I can see why people can praise the film but for me it just isn't that memorable at all.

Jaime  Lannister
Jaime Lannister

Pretty good, but the story was just okay. The best part of the movie was the unique alliance between a couple of Indians with 2 white scientists against a motley of weird villains: sadistic Catholic priests, cult leaders, drunkard Indian elders, etc.

Ray Smith
Ray Smith

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