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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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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…

An elegantly lensed and slowly percolating satire of 18th-century colonial misadventures, adapted from a 1956 novel by Antonio Di Benedetto.

April 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The material comes from a celebrated 1956 novel of the same name by Antonio di Benedetto, but Martel's close-ups of her red-faced leading man -- scored to a plummeting synth straight out of Scarface -- edge the film into comic territory.

April 20, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The film is perfectly orchestrated to give off a languid, restless energy that matches the protagonist's own maddening inertia.

April 20, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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