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Ixcanul opens a window into a little-seen corner of the world -- and finds universal truths about the human condition that should resonate with patient viewers. Read critic reviews

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A young indigenous woman does not want to live in the modern world until it saves her life during a pregnancy complication.

Cast & Crew

María Telón
Juana
Manuel Manuel Antún
Manuel
Jayro Bustamante
Director
Jayro Bustamante
Screenwriter
Inés Nofuentes
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Jayro Bustamante
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Marina Peralta
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Pilar Peredo
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  • Protagonist María [is] played with a fierce calm by María Mercedes Coroy.

    February 27, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Ixcanul is a mesmerizing, intimate and meditative coming-of- age tale that explores a culture rarely seen in films. [Full review in Japanese]

    December 19, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The end ultimately justifies the means; whether viewers will want to stick it out is another thing.

    September 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Like its titular Guatemalan volcano, Jayro Bustamante's hypnotic film debut Ixcanul bubbles with the tension of a teenage girl at odds with her family's native customs, before erupting into a frantic and quietly devastating third act.

    August 26, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Whether we're closely gazing at Maria or watching her stride along the ashy volcano's side from a distance, Bustamante lets images linger long enough for their beauty to fall away, giving us a compelling and tragic look at where our coffee comes from.

    August 25, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • It all looks fascinatingly foreign to American eyes, but Mara's story - about rebellion and consequences, oppression and heartbreak - is anything but.

    August 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Protagonist María [is] played with a fierce calm by María Mercedes Coroy.

    February 27, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Ixcanul is a mesmerizing, intimate and meditative coming-of- age tale that explores a culture rarely seen in films. [Full review in Japanese]

    December 19, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The end ultimately justifies the means; whether viewers will want to stick it out is another thing.

    September 29, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Like its titular Guatemalan volcano, Jayro Bustamante's hypnotic film debut Ixcanul bubbles with the tension of a teenage girl at odds with her family's native customs, before erupting into a frantic and quietly devastating third act.

    August 26, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • The film is quite stunning to look at. And its sincerity and seriousness are unquestionable.

    February 14, 2021 | Full Review…
  • The young woman, whose coming-of-age story this is, responds limply to every force she comes in contact with.

    June 10, 2020 | Full Review…

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