Wednesday, February 17, 2016

The Serpent's Sweet Embrace

The Best Foreign Film nominee from Colombia called Embrace of the Serpent is out in New York this weekend (it's playing at Film Forum, where they'll be Skype-ing with the director, as well as at Lincoln Plaza Cinemas) and I just now realized I somehow never reviewed it properly, even though I saw it a few months back thanks to MoMA's glorious annual series "The Contenders." I totally thought I had reviewed it, but all I'd done is give a scene from the film prominent placement in my list of "The 15 Scariest Scenes of 2015" for The Film Experience, of which Serpent's got a doozy, one that's still giving me the chills.

Anyway if you happen to get a chance to see Serpent, take the fucking chance. It is a marvel, from the way the black-and-white cinematography makes the jungle sharp and strange to the twisty storytelling, tangling up two timelines like vines knotted around an old rubber tree. I feel as if all my further thoughts on the film are too spoilery to share - the film's a real one-of-a-kind trip - so I don't want to get into specifics, but the precision with which the film carves apart privilege and belief-systems is really quite something to witness. So witness!

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