The Colors Of The Mountain (2011)




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Young Manuel lives with his hard-working farmer parents in the remote, mountainous region of the Colombian countryside. While the adults in their lives try to avoid both the armed military and the guerrilla rebels fighting each other in the area, Manuel and his friend Julian are obsessed with playing soccer any chance they get. Shortly after his birthday, the new ball Manuel received as a gift gets kicked off to a minefield, and he, Julian and their albino friend Poca Luz will do everything in their power to recover their prized belonging, an essential part of their everyday lives and dreams. -- (C) Film Movement
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Critic Reviews for The Colors Of The Mountain

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (3)

Quietly assured...

Full Review… | May 5, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

Sometimes, a shot of a bloodied corpse on a donkey or an exploding hog says everything there is to say about the horror, the horror.

Full Review… | May 3, 2011
Time Out
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Arbeláez indulges in occasional twinges of Hollywood "emphasis," but mostly the film glides on its matter-of-fact textures, particularly the barbed but concrete rapport between sparky Manuel (Hernán Mauricio Ocampo) and put-upon Julian (Nolberto Sánchez).

Full Review… | May 3, 2011
Village Voice
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Shot almost entirely from the children's perspective, Arbeláez tackles universal themes of conflict and its impact on ordinary people without getting mired in specific politics.

Full Review… | January 8, 2012
Eye for Film

Powerful portrait of how civil war transforms the lives of children in a Colombian farm community from a carefree existence to one of fear and growing up too fast.

Full Review… | September 6, 2011
Spirituality and Practice

The simple and stark contrast between playful children in a rustic soccer field and the tension over their modern risk is heart-pounding and breath-stopping.

Full Review… | May 20, 2011
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Audience Reviews for The Colors Of The Mountain

A very peculiar and well made drama that showcases the rough situation that the rural inhabitants in Colombia ussually go through, and while the harsh subject matter isnt as touched upon directly as many would want to, the young cast and their culture serve well as the base for a drama thats well paced and that always has more to talk about.

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