Zama

Zama(15)

7th Nov 2019
Lucrecia Martel - 2017 115 mins
Argentina
Language Spanish, Portuguese

Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.

Score: 42.74%

Some members' comments:

Like nothing I’ve ever seen before but strangely enjoyable. Beautifully filmed, but disturbing and oppressive. Fantastic photography and mystery. What the hell was that about? Great sense of period. Now we all know how interminable it must have been to be posted there. An ambitious production. Scenery, multi-cast, plenty of violence and hapless Zama. Not easy to follow in parts. Arty, but disjointed, and to what end? Disturbing. I expect to have nightmares tonight. Being an expat is not all that it’s cracked up to be. Seen the film – won’t bother with the book. Poor, washed out print. Very strange film!! Scenery beautiful but could be artificial. No real idea of what was going on! Too difficult. Award for the weirdest film ever! A dreadful film interspersed with occasion and irrelevant Hawaian music. Lost in translation, befuddled by images. Perhaps I should have read the novel firs? But, would that have helped? No idea what the film was about. Disjointed. But, nice scenery. Found it difficult to follow. Didn’t enjoy it. Sorry! What was that about? Z – worst film ever! A truly awful film, unrelenting misery and horror – and baffling to boot! Totally clueless as to what was going on. Confused.com.

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