5 stars

A rich movie about love, conflict and language (and many other things), this Mexican production depicts a linguist who travels into the rainforest to find and record the last three speakers of the indigenous language Zikril, a woman and two men, all quite elderly. Just as he prepares his equipment, news comes that the woman has died and with it the revelation that the two men have a 60 year old grudge and don’t speak to each other. The story of the conflict unfolds in both present day, where the linguist risks worsening things by romantically courting the granddaughter of one of the men, as well as in flashback scenes of their free spirited youth. Gorgeous cinematography of the forest, beaches, rural villages and caves perfuses your senses as you watch. I really can’t say enough about this film festival favorite, look for it where you can and go watch it.


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