Santoalla (2017)


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Progressive Dutch couple, Martin Verfondern and Margo Pool, had only one dream--to live off the land, far from the constraints and complications of the city. But, when they arrive in the remote, Spanish village of Santoalla, the foreigners challenge the traditions of the Rodríguez family, the only remaining residents, igniting a decade-long conflict that culminates in Martin's mysterious disappearance. As this once forgotten landscape is thrust into the center of controversy, Margo finds herself searching not only for answers, but for the strength to persevere.

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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

"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.

Jul 27, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 25, 2017 | Full Review…
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[A] quiet, immersive true-crime mystery doc ...

Jul 19, 2017 | Full Review…

A concise and well-executed example of smart documentary storytelling.

Jul 19, 2017 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The threads that remain hanging imbue this peculiar story of paradise lost with a tragic resonance.

Jul 18, 2017 | Full Review…

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.

Jul 18, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

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