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The Returned

A child is brought back to life, but at a cost, in in this gorgeous stand-off between modernity and the spiritual world.

Julia and Mariano run a posada where they grow maté in the northern forests of Argentina. When their third child is stillborn, Julia begs Kerana, her Indian maid, to bring him back to life with the help of a forest spirit. The child returns, but not alone. Nature strikes back in this gorgeous stand-off between modernity and the spiritual world.

Few films could be more suitable to this year’s Nature Strikes Back theme as Laura Casabe’s first feature The Returned. The confrontation is a spiritual one: the film questions the type of civilization that puts the rational above the spiritual, ignoring its power. Aside from this stand-off between modernity and the spiritual world, the film (set in 1919) also shows the colonial divide of white and rich versus indigenous and poor. The story is told in three chapters, each adding story elements as well as layers to the narrative. A fully assured, gorgeous debut and one of the most striking films of this year’s programme.

Info

Type Feature Film
Director Laura Casabe
Country Argentinië | Argentina
Year 2019
Duration 92 min
Cast Lali Gonzalez, Alberto Ajaka, Maria Soldi, Edgardo Castro

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