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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.



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On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for 17-year-old Maria by her Kaqchikel parents.

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

    Dec 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.

    Sep 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.

    Aug 26, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • It all looks fascinatingly foreign to American eyes, but María's story - about rebellion and consequences, oppression and heartbreak - is anything but.

    Aug 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • You can sense the director's respect for his subject in the movie's unhurried dramatic rhythms, its grounding in the earthy rituals of everyday life and its strong cast of nonprofessional Maya actors.

    Aug 25, 2016 | Full Review…
  • "Ixcanul" provides a window into a culture that we rarely see. But it's not just an anthropological study - it has a powerful story to tell, too.

    Aug 25, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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