- 1h 35m
Stick with it
Slow going and episodic over much of its runtime, so much so that I didn't think I'd like it, but finishes strong. There's not a grand story here but it feels like memories of childhood in a rural Spanish village, presented in a very authentic way. It has bits of humor and tragedy, but what I liked best about it was how it showed the grip religion had over the town, and how its older women kowtowed to the local priest. One of them gets highly distraught over even imagining her possible sins if she were put in another person's position. There's also a 'Stand By Me' vibe about the film, with boys getting up to various things, stealing apples, pooping in a tunnel as a train roars by, and swimming in a river, all while wondering about the future, and if they'll realize their parent's dreams for them, which is to be in a better position in life than they are. On another night I might have rated it higher, and would just to stick with this one if you're less engaged early on.
- Jun 4, 2021
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