Fifth about The Seventh

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths (Bardo, Falsa Crónica de Unas Cuantas Verdades)

Bardo, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths: underlying the string of surreal images in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s film (showcased in the spectacular “I Am the Walrus” trailer) is a rich and touching narrative. The film follows a Mexican journalist and filmmaker as he returns home to receive an award. All the while he is struggling; struggling with what it means to be Mexican, with what moving North makes him, and with what coming from South of the border makes him. Daniel Giménez Cacho plays the protagonist as a man constantly surprised by all that is happening next to him, but clearly with an edge when necessary. Griselda Siciliani, Ximena Lamadrid, and Íker Sánchez Solano play, all effectively, his wife, daughter, and son. The film is visually a feast, with production designer Eugenio Caballero creating a large number of oneiric (or sometimes nightmarish) setpieces and cinematographer Darius Khondji capturing it all with superb camerawork; his camera moves a lot during many lengthy shots, and the use of wide-eye lenses enhance the surreal nature of the images. However, the film, co-edited by Iñárritu and Monica Salazar, could have used some additional trimming here and there.

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