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A movie that panders not at all to Western sensibilities, giving few pointers on a theme beyond the fortifying power of faith. For some viewers, that will be plenty.
Laxe latches onto the innate "stranger in a strange land" quality of his star.
The 16mm photography impresses, particularly in long shots of the characters trudging through the snow or -- à la Aguirre, the Wrath of God -- descending en masse from great heights,
An endurance test for anyone not especially keen on films packed with long shots of people, mules and cars traveling through landscapes for minutes at a time.
Shot in stunning scenery of vast plains, moonlit lakes and forbidding mountains, visually it's breathtaking but it moves at patience-testing speed with non-professional actors and ultimately Laxe leaves the meaning open to interpretation.
A visually beautiful loose-ended experimental fairy tale film.
None of them have any idea where this journey will take them... but it is what happens during and not the final destination that should matter to us, especially if Mauro Herce is in charge of filming the process. [Full review in Spanish]
[Olive] Laxe favors long scenes, beautiful but slow-moving, of the caravan trudging through the immense landscape. When violence comes late in the film, the camera is so far away we can barely make out what is happening.
Perhaps this is the essence of Mimosas; that self-discovery comes through experience, through daring, through pushing through to see what lies behind.
Don't be afraid. Strengthen your faith. Mimosas takes a rather circuitous route to a concisely unassuming but radical proposition.
Plot is not the takeaway from Mimosas, which reminded me of Abbas Kiarostami's Taste of Cherry, another slow-winding ramble through the mountains.
Certain scenes look as if they have been improvised on location and there is something exasperatingly non-committal and provisional about it. But it certainly looks wonderful.
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