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El botón de nácar AKA The Pearl Button (2015) FotW #348


Post by Cocoa » August 30th, 2020, 5:15 pm

Film of the Week #348: El botón de nácar AKA The Pearl Button (2015)


Delving into the nearly-religious significance of water, this profound rumination on memory and loss bridges the gap between its mystical origins, Pinochet's coup d'état, and the secret of a mother-of-pearl button at the bottom of the sea.

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#426(NEW) El botón de nácar (2015)
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Post by pitchorneirda » August 30th, 2020, 7:00 pm

It contains the best shots focused on ice and water I've seen! Ever!
The whole part about the Kawésqar is absolutely awesome

But I hate how Guzman has to talk about the Chile's past under Pinochet every single time he has the occasion.
Of course the pearl button is what links the two stories but I felt the link was forced...
The shots of cosmos are a bit pompous too.
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Post by blocho » August 30th, 2020, 9:47 pm

I loved this movie. Maybe not as much as Nostalgia de la Luz, which is my #1 for the 2010s, but it's still excellent. Highly recommended.

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Post by cinewest » August 31st, 2020, 7:56 am

Excellent film, and one of my favorites of 2015.

I love the way he creates a personal Film essay To reflect upon his own life and the history of Chile, which are very much interlinked.

Pinochet cast a huge shadow of the country as well as multiple generations, much the way military dictatorships have colored almost every story about Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, and so many other countries over the past 100 years.
Guzman dives into it as he dives into himself and his own history, and it is these kinds of explorations that finally allow us to move forward

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Post by Traveller » September 4th, 2020, 4:08 pm

Some great visuals, but wasn’t too intrigued by its narrative. More water, less Chile would have been nice. Still, overall a fine film. 7/10
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Post by Cocoa » September 4th, 2020, 10:23 pm

Good film but I would have preferred dates/years be mentioned more often when they talk about past events. Some stuff occurred centuries ago, some things occurred 50+ years ago, and some things occurred more recently, and it is sometimes hard to figure out when a specific event occurred because the film frequently switches between things that occurred before any of us were alive and stuff that occurred while the director is alive during his childhood and his adulthood and other people's childhoods and adulthoods.

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