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Macario Reviews

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May 8, 2017
A fairy tale (possibly from the Brothers Grimm but rewritten by B. Traven of Treasure of the Sierra Madre fame) set in Mexico with poor woodcutter Macario struggling to feed his family and finally vowing not to eat at all until there is enough food so that he can eat a whole turkey himself without sharing. His sensitive wife steals a turkey from the local rich family and provides it to Macario for lunch. On his way out to the woods, he is met successively by the Devil, God, and then Death (all looking very human but with enough hints that you know who they are). Each asks for a bit of the turkey. Macario rejects the first two and then shares his food with Death who claims not to have eaten for a thousand years. (The real reason is that Macario thought Death had come for him and he would not have had a chance to eat at all if he didn't have lunch with the reaper). As a thank-you, Death gives Macario a flask of water that will heal anyone who is sick, except those who are fated to die on that day. Death signals this by standing at the head of the bed (can't be healed) or at the foot of the bed (can be healed) and Macario must be alone in the room with the ill person to see him. Of course, soon Macario is very rich, receiving money and gifts in exchange for his healing powers. Eventually this comes to the attention of the Spanish Inquisition (also in power in the New World). The film was nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar (but lost to Bergman's The Virgin Spring). There are many beautiful shots and some scary Day of the Dead figurines that invade Macario's dreams early on. Director Gavaldón managed to retain the awe and childlike wonder of the fairy tale with a not entirely clear moral - Macario is a nice guy and thus he is saved from torture and being burned at the stake by his friend Death who comes for him first. But he occasionally seems a bit too greedy...
December 5, 2016
Una obra maestra, que más allá de hablar de la muerte y hacer un retrato de la idiosincrasia mexicana, tiene disertaciones acerca de la vida, del bien, del mal, miseria, el poder, la soberbia humana. Tiene aquello que se va olvidando con los años, elementos básicos y ancestrales del día de muertos, usos, costumbres, creencias populares te llevan de la mano y te mantienen al filo de tu asiento. ¡Simplemente genial, increíble, magistral!
½ April 12, 2014
Basada en un popular cuento de los hermanos Grimm, Macario es sin dudas una de las mejores películas mexicanas que he visto, y un gran exponente del cine latinoamericano.
½ November 30, 2013
"La vida no fue fácil Macario, pero fue buena vivirla juntos"
July 4, 2013
The best mexican movie that I've ever seen. The argument is so creative, Macario represent a good man that is tempted by the devil, the death and God.
December 18, 2012
Macario is by far one of my favorite foreign films. Has a great story and explains how well a person can be with a gift to heal the people.
November 14, 2012
Despite some hilariously hokey acting, this suspenseful tragedy manages to make you care for the characters at its center.
½ October 16, 2011
Excelente cinta. De las pocas que he visto tratando el tema de la muerte según las tradiciones de nuestro Mà (C)xico y de una manera tan surrealista y a la vez inmersa en la realidad mexicana del hambre y la esperanza de nuestros pueblos. Tiene unos giros interesantes que me hacen pensar que está compuesta por diferentes historias muy pequeñas, como si hubiesen sido escritas por separado. Ignacio López Tarso es uno de mis ídolos mexicanos y con esta cinta lo vuelvo a reiterar. Además, la fotografía es excelente y la selección del elenco es tan primordial como extraordinario.
October 10, 2011
An excellent mexican movie, it has good screenplay and good performances, it shows how to appreciate the life and the madness.
½ January 13, 2011
Una de mis películas mexicanas favoritas, con un sonido y fotografía que muchas películas mexicanas actuales envidiarían.

La historia seguramente fue revolucionaria para su tiempo y logra retratar nuestras costumbres relacionadas con la fà (C), la muerte, la religión, la ciencia y la charlatanería.

La escena de las grutas de Cacahuamilpa es inolvidable.
½ September 28, 2010
Una gran pelicula del buen cine Mexicano... no le da comida al diablo, no le comparte a Dios, pero a la muerte... si... una fabula genial!!
May 14, 2010
A dark and intense fantasy about a man who has nothing of value but what he has, he treasures. This has to be one of the best films to come out from mexico. It's funny but scary at the same time, a true master worck.
½ April 12, 2010
When I was a child, I saw a commercial containing scenes of a grotto with many candles and I was amazed; after years I was able to buy this movie, and I was overwhelmed about the creativity carried in this film. First of all, the plot: By handling the good and evil ideas, (we are used to them) but including death, as well as having a clear relation with mexican customs and traditions. You ought to see it. The most amazing part, is when Macario arrives to a grotto illuminated by millions of real candles simulating souls. Great mexican movie.
January 31, 2010
If Ugetsu and Seventh Seal had a Catholic baby in Mexico it would be this film! It's shot by Gabriel Figuroa, the acclaimed cinematographer of Mexico's Golden Era, and it's just beautiful. Its mood is closer to Ugetsu, but the main character is far more endearing. This film deals with class and spirituality in a really interesting way. I wish this film got more attention and acclaim.
January 12, 2010
ES UNA DE LAS MEJORES PELICULAS DEL CINE MEXICANO ...DEVIO SER GANADORA DE UN OSCAR NO CREN..
January 3, 2010
Wonderful movie. Ignacio Lopez Tarso is a great actor and he proved it here. Beautiful cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa and master direction by Gavaldon. It was Mexico's first film that was nominated for an Oscar to Best Foreign Film. Well deserved honor.
October 20, 2009
A tad simplistic, and predictable in the way that all fables are pretty predictable, but interesting in a Bunuel-ripoff kind of way.
Super Reviewer
August 9, 2009
A wonderful tale, and a hidden mexican gem. The story is simple, yet full of morality, and it's adapted to the grim times of Mexico under que Inquisition, which gives it something extra.
½ July 25, 2009
Destacadas actuaciones,adaptaciòn de epoca y fotografia.
No se la pierdan.
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