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Following a newspaper ad, ordinary women tell part of their life stories to director Eduardo Coutinho, which are then re-enacted by actresses, blurring the barriers between truth, fiction and interpretation.
Martin and Hazel Quarrier are small-town fundamentalist missionaries sent to the jungles of South America to convert the Indians. Their remote mission was previously run by the Catholics, before the natives murdered them all. They are sent by the pompous Leslie Huben, who runs the missionary effort in the area but who seems more concerned about competing with his Catholic 'rivals' than in the Indians themselves. Hazel is terrified of the Indians while Martin is fascinated. Soon American pilot Lewis Moon joins the Indian tribe but is attracted by Leslie's young wife, Andy. Can the interaction of these characters and cultures, and the advancing bulldozers of civilization, avoid disaster? Written by
Directed by Academy Award nominated Argentinian-Brazilian writer-director
Hector Babenco and co-written by a longtime Luis Buñuel collaborator Jean
Claude Carriere this is a breathtakingly beautiful, masterfully directed
film, that features a story of two protestant missionary couples from a
small town in U.S. that come to Amazonia with an intent to preach to the
wild Indians of the area and an American pilot, wonderfully played by Tom
Berenger, who feels atracted to the way of life of the Indians and joins
lives with them.
Following the life of it´s protagonists in Amazonian forest, the film
explores many subjects, such as: religious fanaticism and intolerance,
ecology, destructive external influence on an unique Indian culture and,
cause, lust and greed.
It´s slowly paced and has a duration of over 3 hours but it never became
boring, at least for me.
I was surprised to find that this film has an average rating of only
here on IMDB. It certainly deserves much more. 8/10
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