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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