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      Land and Shade

      2015 1 hr. 37 min. Drama List
      88% 17 Reviews Tomatometer 84% 100+ Ratings Audience Score A farmer returns home to the family that he abandoned 17 years earlier. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Mar 13 Buy Now

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      Audience Member César Acevedo Cautiva con este film De Drama bastante profundo que resulta siendo bastante interesante ,su Cinematografia ,su construcción narrativa y su Guion son lo suficientemente impecables como para ganarse su lugar entre las mejores cintas colombianas de los últimos tiempos. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review johann m Una película colombiana sencilla, un poco lenta y muy cotidiana acerca de la vida de la pobreza en el campo que toca temas muy profundos y que definitivamente resalta la fuerza de los sacrificios. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Not far from losing the birthplace of human civilisation. Not everybody's pick of the year. Everybody does not know this film even exist. This is the director's ambitious project, to depict on the screen the world he had come from. So it is much an awareness film about struggling rural society. Usually critics favour this kind of film. But not to be watched for the entertainment purpose. Surely you will be bored to death. This is a challenging film to watch that tests your patience. Even I had a slight trouble finish watching it, but at the end I'm satisfied for it is what it is. Average film's runtime, so if you have been focused since the beginning, particularly without any interference, then that's good. You will get the characters and their condition, which is most important in this film. There's no complication to understand it. It is a simple story, but very realistic portrayal like a documentary film without any background commentary. Centres on the falling rural economy and how people are coping with it. I think this is a very essential film for todays people from big cities to understand the situation of the other side of the human civilisation. The film does not focus on entire village, but follows a small family. It is a place where they all depended on the sugar cane that grown in the field. And it is about a harvest season, everybody's working hard, but not paid enough for their effort. A man who had left the place and family behind a long ago returns. The purpose of the visit is his son who is very sick. So from his perspective the film reveals why he had left the place and the trouble the villagers facing, economically as well as environmentally. ?I couldn't stay here and see all of this disappear before my very eyes.? The message was loud and clear. The film does not simply shows sympathy, but falling apart countryside due to multiple issues including poverty and pollution. There's no separately layered narration to highlight them, but the family this story is based on revolves around most of those matters. I would say, it was a good writing, keeping in order and going after big topic. The director did a wonderful job. I would also say watching a film like this is definitely not a waste of time. But how far it reaches and people come to realise will be a big question. Because such small films are easily ignored globally. When we discuss about harming the environment, it is always cities and industries are blamed. But the truth is every corner of the earth where humans have settled down is causing the disruption in the order of nature. This film is one of the good examples of getting rid of cliché in such theme and trying to be honest. The amount of disturbance in nature might be less, but the outcome is the same. I think such film should be recognised in the bigger platforms. This is the age we live in where awareness needed about the awareness films. What we have become. A heartbreaking family tale, as well as their concerned environment, the film covered two topics so brilliantly. Well performed actors and I liked the locations. Even though the places are polluted, especially during the harvest, such quietness is very relaxing. I do remember in my childhood during visiting grandparents in their village, sitting lazily after having a lunch under the shades of a tree on a hot summer day was so cool experience. Now we're losing that, and I think that's the closest what this title means. The final frontier, the edge of world where humans and nature meets. Like I said the film is not for everyone, watching capacity wise, but its concern everybody. If you are okay with slow pace narration, then you should try it. 7/10 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Audience Member "Todos desfallecieron esperando su muerte, su corta muerte diaria, y su quebranto aciago de cada día era, como una copa negra que bebían temblando" Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member 3.5/5 A beautiful but narratively sloppy film with plenty of artistic soul but with a lacking and disperse story that doesnt always know what to tell or not. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review raphael g Well directed and superbly acted. It's a ray that needs to be told. The style however wasn't for me. I like slow, contemplative movies, but something about this one just made it harder to focus. (I was also down with a cold when watching it, it could've been that....). Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Mark Dujsik RogerEbert.com A film of uncommon restraint and considerable compassion. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 17, 2016 Full Review Ben Kenigsberg New York Times A fable-like, elemental story that sketches its characters too faintly to develop much power. Jun 16, 2016 Full Review Ed Gonzalez Slant Magazine Landscape seems to push the film's characters away at the same time that it anchors them into place. Rated: 3.5/4 Jun 16, 2016 Full Review Jaime Grijalba Vague Visages It aims for a social statement that turns sour due to the lack of a sensation of true slow cinema. It’s more of a statement about misery. Dec 1, 2023 Full Review Charles Mudede The Stranger (Seattle, WA) Land and Shade will definitely be in my top 10 films of the year. Aug 22, 2018 Full Review Morgan Rojas Cinemacy Land and Shade is a sensory-driven film about the stark reality of one salt of the earth, working class family, and their indelible perseverance for a better life. Aug 7, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis A farmer returns home to the family that he abandoned 17 years earlier.
      Director
      César Augusto Acevedo
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Spanish
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 25, 2017
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