Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra)

2016

Land And Shade (La Tierra Y La Sombra) (2016)

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Alfonso is an old farmer who has returned home to tend to his son, who is gravely ill. He rediscovers his old house, where the woman who was once his wife still lives, with his daughter-in-law and grandson. The landscape that awaits him resembles a wasteland. Vast sugar cane plantations surround the house, producing perpetual clouds of ash. 17 years after abandoning them, Alfonso tries to fit back in and save his family.

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A film of uncommon restraint and considerable compassion.

Jun 17, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

A fable-like, elemental story that sketches its characters too faintly to develop much power.

Jun 16, 2016 | Full Review…

You might not want to live here, but the imagery makes for a nice postcard.

Jun 15, 2016 | Full Review…

Acevedo has a wonderful command of visual storytelling, as evidenced by how well he frames those dark interiors; he and Guzmán use every spare beam of light to illuminate the edges of his characters.

Jun 15, 2016 | Rating: B | Full Review…
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The film is beautifully composed and full of striking images, but Acevedo's ruthless depiction of hardship makes this hard to watch.

Apr 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Cesar Acevedo's deliberately paced and distant-feeling debut works its way under audiences' skin, weaving a haunting allegory through painterly compositions.

Aug 27, 2015 | Full Review…
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