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Zama (2018)

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Critic Consensus: Zama offers a series of scathingly insightful observations about colonialism and class dynamics -- and satisfyingly ends a long wait between projects from writer-director Lucrecia Martel.

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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.

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Some movies unfold as dreams; "Zama" dances us playfully toward the edge of nightmare and then asks us to open our eyes.

July 5, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
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There's absolutely nothing else like it in theaters this year, which I mean as both a hearty endorsement and a necessary forewarning.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

The reason to see it is what happens as Zama inexorably loses his mind. Delusions seize him, apparitions come and go.

April 26, 2018 | Full Review…

A brilliantly discomfiting portrait of European colonialism and its discontents...

April 26, 2018 | Full Review…

This is one of the most atmospheric and transporting films I've seen all year, and also one of the best.

April 24, 2018 | Full Review…
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As it goes, Zama ponders the unanswerable question of what kind of life, exactly, is worth living.

April 20, 2018 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Zama

Those who have seen The Headless Woman will be able to identify Martel's recurring themes and symbolism in this one as well, but while they can be as powerful as in that film, the structure and narrative elements this time don't actually amount to something so cohesive in the end.

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