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By the time we reached the climactic and fantastically over-the-top showdown, I realized that while the characters were indeed trying to corner the market on smoldering glances, faux-Shakespearean proclamations and in-your-face symbolism.
As good-looking as the movie and its stars are, "Ardor," whose title refers to a literal state of burning, never manages to catch fire.
"Ardor" lacks tension, maybe because the actors are playing archetypes: Little is said, and there are few surprises.
Here is a movie that ends with a can't-miss scenario - a siege on a farmhouse in which the heroes are vastly outnumbered and outgunned - yet still fails to ever quicken your pulse.
A densely atmospheric, Sergio Leone-steeped western that ultimately proves too reverential for its own good.
Much of this movie is bewilderingly slow, while the big action scenes are mostly unbelievable.
It's much better once the action gets going, as Bernal and Braga escape into the jungle and slowly turn the tables on their pursuers.
[Ardor] is so stylized and over-the-top, that it's hard to take any serious message it might be aiming at with more than a grain of salt, which is a shame.
A strong exercise in genre, but one constricted by its chosen syntax and semantics rather than one that reconfigures and complicates them.
Fendrik's attempt to stage cat-and-mouse violence as a hypnagogic trip results in a few brief moments of strange magic, but Ardor too often slips into full-on sleep mode.
Ardor is essentially George Stevens' Shane set in wettest Argentina, with the distractingly handsome Gael García Bernal in the Alan Ladd role.
Magical realism meets agrarian guerrilla warfare in a tropical political thriller. As aborigine rainforest resistance with help from a mythical half jaguar guerrilla warrior turning up, goes toe to toe with corporate mercenaries pushing them off the land.
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