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Zama (2017)




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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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Out of the hypnotic rhythm of the film regularly bursts the harsh violence of colonialism.

September 18, 2017 | Full Review…

Not content to merely dramatize Di Benedetto's existential themes, she immerses the audience in them, with slow-paced scenes full of repetitive bureaucratic ennui, casual violence, a supporting cast of slaves and Indigenous characters..

September 13, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

A brilliant film that Martel makes 100% hers from a difficult novel like the Antonio Di Benedetto. [Full review in Spanish]

September 6, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

"Zama" is a difficult film. But if you find a way to crack open its forbidding, austere exterior, there is treasure to be found, or at least something that sparkles, beautiful and cruel, like the spiky insides of a geode.

September 3, 2017 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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