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Jul 11, 2019
Gustav All-American
Watched Birds of Passage, really liked it
Plot is nothing new, but setting certainly was for me — basically the Godfather/Goodfellas set among the Wayuu tribe in Colombia. Young man wants to marry the daughter of a powerful family, so they set an exorbitant dowry price. He meets it by buying marijuana plants from his somewhat estranged uncle's family in the hills and selling it to a Peace Corp contact. Omens and portents are ignored. As sales increase, so do money and violence. A lot of old crime saga tropes, but also about the destruction of tribal and family ties and a way of life. Very striking setting of Wayuu village in a barren-looking desert. By the same people who made Embrace of the Serpent. I think that one was a little better, but this one is more conventional and still really good. Actors are all at least solid. In Spanish and Wayuu. Thanks to setting, remove, and expanded themes, doesn't fall into the glamorizing of Scorsese et al.
Originally posted on Jul 11, 2019 at 7:57:49am
Message modified by Gustav on Jul 11, 2019 at 7:59:45am
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