A beautiful and moving film, full of subtle yet deep meaning behind every message shown through the camera work and sound. Slow-burn but engaging, in the sense that there may be predictable outcomes from the start but the story and way of getting to them is completely surprising and unexpected. The beautiful and unique scenery simply express love in a very quiet and different way throughout the entire film. The importance of living with empathy towards our surroundings is strongly present. The film is very touching and does a great job at showing how much passion went into making it. Its definitely a must see!
In the Bolivian highlands, an elderly Quechua couple has been living the same daily life for years. During an uncommonly long drought, Virginio and his wife (Sisa) face a dilemma: resist or be defeated by the environment and time itself.
January 10, 2023 at 10:58 AM
Utama tries to be impactful but ends up becoming dull
Saw this back at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival
Director Alejandro Loayza Grisi clearly is passionate with this movie. Many signs of beautiful camerawork is displayed, extremely beautiful sound design and the performances from actors Jose Calcina and Luisa Quispe are really good. However dull pacing and uneven tones struggle to maintain this movie. Clearly there's a lot to present as Grisi tries his best to present a slow burn yet memorizing narrative throughout but the dullness doesn't do much justice to keep it engaging.