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"Santoalla" is really concerned with cultures in collision, with what happens when dreams of paradise clash, good intentions become unhinged and the darker angels of our nature gain the upper hand.
While "Santoalla" is a small story, its poignancy resonates, like an echo finding its way through the peaks and valleys of this windswept, eternal landscape.
[A] quiet, immersive true-crime mystery doc ...
A concise and well-executed example of smart documentary storytelling.
The threads that remain hanging imbue this peculiar story of paradise lost with a tragic resonance.
A story is only as interesting as what can be drawn from it, and Becker and Mehrer seem reluctant to draw too much, perhaps realizing the confines they have to work within; even at a scant 83 minutes, the movie feels over-stretched.
A rewarding human interest documentary.
[A]t no point do [directors Andrew] Becker and [Daniel] Mehrer convince us that there's any legitimate mystery to be found here.
Santoalla is a true crime documentary unlike any you've seen before. It's nuanced, bittersweet, and haunting...
Though the middle of the film becomes rather to languorous for its own good, a sudden late injection of pace and incident forcefully restores momentum.
A gripping mystery story based on cultural clashes between a Dutch couple and the only family left in a farming village in Spain's beautiful but impoverished Galicia region.
Andrew Becker and Daniel Mehrer get close to their subjects only to retreat when things get truly dangerous.
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