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The Other Conquest (2007)

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On Nov. 8, 1519, the Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortés and his small army rode into the Aztec capital of the vast Mexican Empire, where they were welcomed by the Emperor Moctezuma. Within two years, the Aztec civilization was in a state of orphanage, the survivors having lost their families, homes, language, temples... and gods.

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Cast

José Carlos Rodríguez
as Fray Diego de La Coruna
Elpidia Carrillo
as Doña Isabel
Iñaki Aierra
as Hernando Cortes
Honorato Magaloni
as Capitán Cristóbal Quijano
Luisa Ávila
as Xilonen
Ramon Barragan
as Ramón Quevedo
Diana Bracho
as Dona Juana
Josefina Echánove
as Nanahuatzin
Rufino Echegoyen
as Fray Sebastián
Nicolás Jasso
as Guerrero Dual
Guillermo Ríos
as Alanpoyatzin
Lourdes Villareal
as Cihuacóatl
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All Critics (13) | Top Critics (3)

In his bravura feature debut, [Salvador] Carrasco has created nothing less than a dazzling vision of the birth of a uniquely Mexican religion born of the searing fusion of Catholic and Aztec deities.

June 18, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
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An arresting, balletic performance by Damian Delgado powers this vividly imagined, elegantly paced mystery play beyond period exoticism to a bona fide illumination of social, and sacred, history.

June 6, 2007 | Full Review…
L.A. Weekly
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[Director] Carrasco uses shadows and mirrors to create effects he has no actual budget for. The lack of money shows on-screen but is cleverly hidden by the director's genius for making us care about his story so much that we forgive all else.

June 2, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5
Arizona Republic
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An incendiary mix of politics, religion, war, violence and personal turbulence -- not an easy film, but a complicated work of art.

June 18, 2007 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Hollywood.com

A grand mural of trauma, with superb colors, a great escape scene and fertile myth-probing about how masters and vassals together forged the hot core of Mexican Catholicism.

June 18, 2007 | Rating: 3/4
San Diego Union-Tribune

Caught between efforts to redress Eurocentric accounts of the conquest of Mexico and a tendency to slide into old-movie melodramatics, Carrasco's film is often gorgeous, never less than entertaining and occasionally moving.

May 17, 2007 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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