Zama (Daniel Giménez Cacho), an officer of the Spanish Crown born in South America, waits for a letter from the King granting him a transfer to a better place. His situation is delicate. He is forced to accept submissively every task entrusted to him by successive Governors who come and go as he stays behind. The years go by and the letter from the King never arrives. When Zama notices everything is lost, he joins a party of soldiers that go after a dangerous bandit.
This film needs a 5 star review on here to counter the incomprehensible 1 star ratings!
Lucrecia Martel is rightly regarded as one of the world's top film directors and this period drama enhances her reputation even further.
There is a patient build towards the final, hallucinatory section, which has echoes of Apocalypse Now and the violence and misunderstandings that characterise the clash of European imperialists and native peoples.
Every detail of the film is carefully crafted and linked to the wider events. A triumph of world cinema.
I persevered and watched in three instalments throughout the evening. It is just too boring to sit all the way through being nearly two hours long but feels so much more. The storyline (if you can call it that) is somewhat disjointed and actually meaningless. It is probably fair to say that you couldn't be blamed if you thought it was a collection of random outtakes strung together. Did I miss the point of this film somewhere? - I don't think so.
Gave up on this, subtitles are not that easy to read, plot meanders around with some vague attempt at surrealism, and, overall the subject matter is fairly dull and uninteresting. There are moments that entertain, but, not enough to hold our interest to the bitter end.