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Intl Critic's Prize Vienna Intl Film Fest
"Alonso's second feature Los Muertos is even stronger and as confounding as La
"New Argentine cinema finds its poet and master in Lisandro Alonso." -Variety
½ "Los Muertos is a stunner;
dramatically it suggests bits of Joseph Conrad filtered through Gabriel Garcia Marquez. If
the movie's long elegant takes of the prison yard, quiet villages and the thick green
wilderness sometimes recall directors Lisandro admires--Werner Herzog, Francois Truffaut or
Robert Bresson--his style is also highly original, the work of a filmmaking natural." -Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
Critics Choice! "[Alonso:] not quite the minimalist some claim, but he can make the
simple act of filming feel so monumental that storytelling seems secondary...Vargas and the
wilderness are such great camera subjects that a sense of quiet revelation is nearly
constant" -Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
Through a clearing in the dense jungle, the dead bodies of two young people appear.
Thirty years later, an old man named Vargas is released from prison. Lisandro Alonso (La
Libertad) opens his elegantly austere investigation of the boundaries between the
natural world and the human, and the violence that lurks within them both. Seemingly anxious
to get lost, Vargas buys a canoe, visits a prostitute, and then heads downriver. He
methodically relieves himself of clothing and money along the way, allowing the jungle to
reclaim him. Filmmaker Lisandro Alonso refuses to explain his strategy of metaphorical
interpretations: the isolation of Argentina; the path from guilt to absolution; ex-criminals
reintegrating into society. But like Mexico's Japón or Thailand's Blissfully
Yours, Los Muertos luxuriates in the sensual sights and sounds of the tropics,
with vivid images of color and texture. Alonso is one of the most talented and distinct
voices of Argentinian cinema, as he boldly explores an inner world that is revealed through
nature, but with far more unsettling implications.
Directed by Lisandro Alonso, Argentina,
2004, 35mm, 82 mins. In Spanish with English subtitles.