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Volcano (2015)

Ixcanul (original title)
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On the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala, a marriage is arranged for seventeen-year-old María by her Kaqchikel parents.

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María
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Juana
Manuel Antún ...
Manuel
Justo Lorenzo ...
Ignacio
Marvin Coroy ...
El Pepe
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Fernando Martínez ...
Policia
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María, a seventeen-year-old Mayan (Kaqchikel) girl, lives on the slopes of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her, but her suitor must first spend months working in the city. It is a world María knows nothing of, but is forced to grapple with when problems arise.

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Drama

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25 November 2015 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Ixcanul Volcano  »

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Opening Weekend:

$5,980 (USA) (19 August 2016)

Gross:

$290,880 (USA) (2 December 2016)
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2.35 : 1
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The film was selected as the Guatemalan entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards but was not nominated. See more »

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Quiero Amarte
[From the AlbumLa Pachanga"]
Performed by Leslie Medina y Sus Rivales
Composed by Elías Godoy Castillo
Published by Edifosa
Courtesy of Difosa
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Family Caught Between Past and Present; Exquisite Cinematography
10 February 2017 | by (Miami) – See all my reviews

For a Mayan family of three living on misty and sable volcano slopes, snakes come in both reptile and human form. Blessings are bestowed upon the family as well. 17 year old Maria dreams of life on the other side of the volcano. This place she dreams of, stretching from the other side of the volcano, across all of Mexico and into the United States, is nowhere that anyone she knows has ever been. Yet her pleasant life picking coffee, cooking and taking care of farm animals is too sedate for her. She intends to bolt from an arranged marriage with her father's boss. In doing so she sets herself up for confrontations between needs; company and independence, city and country, adventure and stability, Mayan and Spanish, and more. In this struggle the real character of Maria will become more apparent.

If exquisite cinematography is your thing, you will like this unlikely yet appealing pairing of Guatemala and France. The acting is more convincing for the local talent, for even the best actors in the world would not make convincing Mayans. Kaqchikel is the film language. Ixcanul is available by Netflix snail mail delivery, a delivery that matches the gentle and pleasing pace of the film.


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