Embrace of the serpent

Embrace of the serpent

DVD - 2016 | Spanish
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The film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant.

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Wootex
Feb 28, 2017

I really dug this movie, sure, it's long, slow, black and white, and in Spanish. But once you settle into the rhythm it really delivers.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 18, 2017

"Doesn't have any chops"? "Too long to say what it said"? "A very soft version of those alleged historical facts"? I'm not even sure what that last comment means. It frustrates me to no end that any film that is remotely ambitious or idiosyncratic draws the ire of viewers who then feel the need to post negative comments. While it is loosely based on the stories of two white explorers in the Amazon, it's not a documentary and so shouldn't be criticized for being historically inaccurate. I found this 2015 Colombian film, which was nominated for best foreign film, to be sometimes surreal, occasionally strange, and always visually striking. It also the rare film in which the native character is the protagonist (played by a non-actor) rather than the white explorers. Those who have seen Herzog's jungle films ("Aguirre," "Fitzcarraldo") will recognize some of the themes and imagery, but, again, in those films the natives were more backdrop to the monomania of the white character (No offense to Herzog, as I love both of those movies). For the adventurous viewer, I think they'll find "Embrace of the Serpent" to be one of the most fascinating and unconventional films in recent memory. Directed by Ciro Guerra.

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nidus
Nov 19, 2016

This is a low budget drama masquerading as a peek into an aboriginal tribe, It is quite watchable. Just doesn't have any chops.

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Carl_B
Oct 09, 2016

Too long to say what it said.

d2013 Jul 28, 2016

Overall a good film, unique with beautiful visuals. The fact that it's done in black and white adds to it's authenticity. Some scenes are disturbing and hard to watch.

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Stratified_nomad
Jul 23, 2016

While there are clear influences of earlier river-themed films like Apocalypse Now and The Mission, Embrace of the Serpent is a unique, creative film. It's one of only a handful of films I'm familiar with presented mainly from an indigenous perspective.

Based loosely on the travel diaries of two Western scientists, the story sporadically shifts between the two timelines about 40 years apart. It explores issues related to colonialism, exploitation and destruction of indigenous cultures and their environment, and questions perceptions of Western superiority.

It's truly a unique viewing experience because it presents a naturalistic indigenous rather than Western perspective of reality. It's so haunting and emotionally resonant as to leave an indelible psychological imprint on your mind as few other films do.

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uncommonreader
Jul 20, 2016

This film is brilliant in every way.

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eliasmerkins
Jul 05, 2016

Great movie. The cinematography, casting and photography are stunning . The story is well documented and this is not a 100% factual but is a well balanced movie worth to watch and recommend

Movie is allegedly based upon historical facts. Reality is the movie is a very soft version of those alleged historical facts. This movie purposely excludes exploitation, molestation, and MURDER of little boys, girls, and ADULTS that belonged to certain tribes.
Rating: 1 1/2 star for capturing the beauty of the Amazon and its people. An okay movie that foretells a half truth with REAL people and a REAL environment.

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gsoone
Sep 07, 2016

The film centers on Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and the last survivor of his people, and the two scientists who, over the course of 40 years, build a friendship with him. The film was inspired by the real-life journals of two explorers (Theodor Koch-Grünberg and Richard Evans Schultes) who traveled through the Colombian Amazon during the last century in search of the sacred and difficult-to-find psychedelic Yakruna plant. 98%/85%

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