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Zama (2017)




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Zama, an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer from the town in which he is stagnating, to a better place. His situation is delicate. He must ensure that nothing overshadows his transfer. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit.


Critic Reviews for Zama

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (2)

Zama, despite its setting, isn't such a radical departure for Martel; it preserves her talent for tracking an individual through chaotic social spheres ...

September 12, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The frustrating nine-year wait for new material from Martel has done nothing to blunt her exquisite, inventive command of sound and image, nor her knack for subtly violent exposure of social and racial prejudice on the upper rungs of the class ladder.

August 31, 2017 | Full Review…
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The film's pleasures are that it's filled with very funny bizarre scenes.

March 16, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Cleverly drawing on her protagonist's predicament, Martel offers a scathing satire of colonialism as she documents the mental deterioration of a man left hanging, existing on a diet of promises, promises, promises.

February 26, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

...a complex story, allegedly subtle. [Full Review in Spanish]

January 29, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

... the Argentinian director presents the life of Don Diego as a oneness in which time stretches and shrinks at will. [Full review in Spanish]

January 19, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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