Screens » Movie Reviews & Stories

FFF: Tuesday, April 12

by

1129002.jpg

4:30 p.m. at Regal Winter Park - The Colors of the Mountain (4 Stars) Expertly placing life-and-death tension where you least want it to exist - an elementary school - Colombian director Carlos César Arbeláez boldly takes responsibility for his film's stakes, deftly avoiding audience manipulation by staying true to his characters. That goes especially for 9-year-old Manuel (the imminently 
watchable Hernán Mauricio Ocampo), whose simple motivation - he lost his cherished football in a literal minefield and insists on retrieving it - belies an undercurrent of political mayhem all around him. One of the more beautifully photographed films of the festival, The Colors of the Mountain navigates its own cinematic minefield with grace. -JS

comment