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A breakthrough film from South America, The Green Wall is based on
Armando Robles Godoy's own experiences of homesteading in the Peruvian
jungle. The Green Wall is "a bitter and beautiful movie," in which
"Godoy translates his experience into film poetry rather than flat
reportage and uses the physical environment (exquisitely photographed
by his cameraman brother, Mario) as a great natural mystery, idyllic
but cruel, rich but unyielding to the will of a handsome young settler
(Mexican star Julio Aleman, in a vibrant performance) who is
determined to survive there with his family." The idyll is broken both
by the bureaucracy in far-off Lima, and at the film's end: "The blow
comes from the rain forest near their house, where father and son have
constructed a mock city of clay as a symbol of the civilized stupidity
they sought to escape. The film's final sequence, an almost wordless
funeral, is masterful movie making, a haunting glimpse of humanity
that lingers in the mind" (Pauline Kael, The New Yorker). "A
masterpiece!" (Roger Ebert). Spanish with English subtitles.