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

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June 26, 2020
The truth is that it is an amazing drama that offers an almost hypnotic vision of the effects of colonialism in the Amazon region of Colombia. [Full review in Spanish]
July 29, 2019
The journeys of two explorers, four generations apart, into the Colombian Amazon are beautiful, frightful, and at their wildest, half-crazed.
May 1, 2019
It's hard to argue with an artistic vision as utterly distinctive as Guerra's. Even when his story stutters, it's hard not to be seduced by the sheer immersion of his filmmaking.
April 2, 2019
A film that shoots for the moon and lands with ease, grace and nuance; a landing so perfect it infuses the viewer with a love of cinema and its possibilities.
March 7, 2019
It is a glorious excursion, full of beauty and wonder, but it leaves its viewers more unsettled than before.
February 21, 2019
It almost feels like a religious experience, watching a movie that's as beautifully alien and removed from convention as Embrace of the Serpent.
December 12, 2018
The time is our best card and our worst at the same time. Time is like the embrace of the serpent: it is warm but, at the same time, is really suffocating. Enjoy the marvellous hug. [Full review in Spansih]
November 5, 2018
Form merges magically with content in this intuitively hypnotic and sensory treatise on colonialism in the deeps of the Amazon in the early decades of the 20th century.
August 25, 2018
While difficult to identify a single factor that renders the film such a remarkable achievement, at the top of any list would certainly be the central performances by Nilbio Torres and Antonio Bolíva.
January 2, 2018
The young director, Ciro Guerra, working from the diaries of two real-life explorers, lures you in with visuals so verdant and dense, in black and white widescreen, that you can almost overlook the moral simplicity.
November 18, 2017
These are but reaching gestures from an artist who is willing yet unable to present to the world an original idea.
October 17, 2017
The general theme of the tragic loss of undervalued civilizations to Western progress may not be new, but Guerra's brilliantly visualized fable is wholly original.
September 15, 2017
The complexity of "Embrace of the Serpent" lies within the simplicity of its narrative.
September 11, 2017
The journey is definitely the destination in Embrace of the Serpent.
August 21, 2017
[Embrace of the Serpent] at least deserves a weighty, sprawling spot in our cultural imagination.
June 21, 2017
Embrace of the Serpent is simply poetic.
January 3, 2017
While the naturalistic storytelling and imagery is fantastic on a surface level, the finer points of the narrative require a fearless and deeply inquisitive traveller to fully appreciate, something which this reviewer cannot claim to be.
December 30, 2016
It's both a challenging and engulfing movie-going experience -- a true journey on multiple levels. And it's definitely one that should be seen on the big screen.
December 27, 2016
Mesmerising.
December 27, 2016
Embrace of the Serpent is a mystical movie missile from Colombia. It's ballistic, balletic, sometimes brilliant.
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