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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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Quietly assured...

May 6, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 3, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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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).

May 3, 2011 | Full Review…

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.

January 9, 2012 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

September 6, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 20, 2011 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

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