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432 Ratings

Los Muertos

Directed by Lisandro Alonso
Argentina, Switzerland, 2004
Drama, Avant-Garde


Vargas, a 54 year old man, gets out of jail in the prvince of Corrientes, Argentina. Once released, he wants to find his now adult daughter.

Our take

The second feature from Lisandro Alonso (Jauja) explores themes of loneliness, precarity, and the passage of time amid the depths of the Argentine landscape. A mesmerizing experience of hypnotic pace, Los Muertos deliberately leaves a lot unsaid, yet we emerge profoundly marked by it.

Los Muertos Directed by Lisandro Alonso

Critics reviews

The privileging of mood over narrative can make for frustrating viewing (It’s hard to tell, in fact, whether certain scenes take place in reality or dreams), but Alonso is a cannier storyteller than he first lets on. The details observed along Vargas’ upriver journey accumulate in revelations of character as shocking as any of the film’s brutality.
May 28, 2010
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This 2004 feature is the second by Lisandro Alonso (La Libertad), a singular and essential figure of the Argentinean new wave; he’s not quite the minimalist some claim, but he can make the simple act of filming feel so monumental that storytelling seems secondary… Vargas and the wilderness are such great camera subjects that a sense of quiet revelation is nearly constant.
January 04, 2007
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