The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar) (2015)
Critic Consensus: Deliberately paced yet hypnotically absorbing, The Pearl Button offers a poetic look at the wonders of the natural world -- and humanity's place among them.
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Critic Reviews for The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar)
This haunting Chilean documentary is more poetry than journalism as filmmaker Patricio Guzman compares the fate of the indigenous people of Patagonia with that of the disappeared of the Pinochet regime.
Another philosophical and cosmic historical documentary.
This is history of a personalized and meditative sort, and you ought to give it a chance.
By turns lyrical, impressionistic and profound, the documentary "The Pearl Button" requires patience but offers stirring rewards.
Ultimately, the material starts to feel thin, with Guzmán attempting to cover everything in less than 90 minutes.
Audience Reviews for The Pearl Button (El botón de nácar)
The rambling nature of Guzmán's poetic digressions makes this film frustrating despite his sensitive intentions, and so it seems more like a mixed bag of cheesy esoteric assertions about water and random musings on indigenous people, dictatorships, pearl buttons and supernovas.
First film I viewed at the Melbourne International Film Festival of 2015, a beautifully shot and composed documentary, focusing on the primitive Chilean water landscapes and culture along the country's boarder/coast. A lot of great insight into the mystical understanding of this culture as well as how long it has survived up til modern times. Its big essential viewing on subjects I wouldn't have ever known, especially about Chile's past dealt with dark and intimidating historical stories that are really fascinating.
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