The Shepherd (El pastor)

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  • Your pulse rate slows to the rhythms of lost rural life at the start of The Shepherd, but by the end it has hearts racing in a western-style stand-off.

    Jun 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Kate Muir

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  • A poignant and expertly restrained meditation on greed and financial hardship in rural Spain.

    Jun 2, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There's admirable craftsmanship in the use of sound, music and light, especially in the final stretch, when skies glower with magic-hour hues and sheep bleat worriedly.

    Jun 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • For a film that starts off as a fairly easy yet delightful watch, El Pastor perfectly switches to a thrilling and engulfing tale of jealousy and spite. The story may not be very original or complex, but you'll find yourself drawn in...

    Mar 4, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Writer and director Jonathan Cenzual Burley...has captured the essence of rural Spain, in a close-knit village community and a small town

    Oct 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A social western where the director manages to enrich his dramatic skein with an oppressive atmosphere in crescendo, avoiding archetypes and carefully selecting the climax of the narration until the inevitable final tragedy. [Full review in Spanish]

    Aug 1, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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