Movie Review: EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina 2015) ***

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EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (Colombia/Venezuela/Argentina 2015) ***
(EL ABRAZO DE LA SERPIENTE)
Directed by Ciro Guerra

Review by Gilbert Seah

Touted as the first Colombian film to be nominated for the best Foreign Film Oscar, EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT might just be the sleeper hit if voters for MUSTANG and SON OF SAUL cancel each other out.

The Colombian film plays like an a weird combination of art-house primitive feature. The film is set in the early 1900s, centring on a young shaman, Karamakate (Nilbio Torres) in the Colombian Amazon. He is reluctantly hired to help a sick German explorer, Theo (Jan Bijvoet) and his local guide (Miguel Dionisio Ramos) search for a rare healing plant. Flash forward a decade or so later when the same shaman (each played by…

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