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El botón de nácar

El botón de nácar

2015
Documentary
1h 22m
The ocean contains the history of all humanity and holds all the voices of the earth. Water, the longest border in Chile, holds the secret of two mysterious buttons which were found on its ocean floor. Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline and the largest archipelago in the world, presents a supernatural landscape. In it are volcanoes, mountains and glaciers, and the voices of the Patagonian Indigenous people, the first English sailors and also those of its political prisoners. (International Film Festival Berlin)
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El botón de nácar

2015
Documentary
1h 22m
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Rated 28 Jul 2016
82
93rd
Guzmán continues his quest to make the violent events of Chilean history into a material reality for the cinematic public. His means of doing so, by exploring them from a context not only political but cosmological, and with an aesthetic capability the equal of any living filmmaker, again results in a truly affecting, memorable and singular work of documentary art. FitzRoy's boat, by the way, was the HMS Beagle, and, on the return voyage back to Chile, Orundellico was accompanied by Darwin.
Rated 23 Feb 2015
72
80th
Poetic and terribly sad. The South American answer to 'The Missing Picture' - but better.
Rated 19 Feb 2016
75
72nd
It can be sentimental (and it hardly avoids the trap of idolizing the natives, as only a pure Westerner would) especially towards the beginning, but the structure is really smart, the final stretch is heartbreaking and the visuals are fabulous throughout.
Rated 29 Apr 2016
85
82nd
A film about perspectives and the profundity in the mundane. A rail, water, a pearl button, the sounds of a dead language. Guzman draws you into each topic, then unsettles by shifting and leaving the work of connection to you, the viewer. Deeply moving.
Rated 10 Feb 2015
90
93rd
A masterpiece of documentary, part personal reflections on time, matter, life and politics and part criticism about harsh political realities. Guzman creates poetry out of a very barbaric historical fact and denies the attitude of the persecutors by creating a language situated to their opposite. This is just like the reversal of Adorno's ideas about poetry after Holocoust.
Rated 22 Aug 2016
53
58th
It's a very beautiful film and perhaps deserves a higher score for ambition. But I found the 'out-takes' on the DVD of even more interest, which has to count against it.
Rated 15 Mar 2017
5
98th
More personal, poetic, political, geographical and anthropological goodness.
Rated 26 Nov 2015
85
85th
Very beautiful, so beautiful that I ... almost ... fell asleep. Stunning photos, stunning people, stunning stories.
Rated 30 Oct 2021
2
21st
Rated 03 Feb 2024
30
9th
eng; [the pearl button]; eine Dokumentation über die Geschichte von chile.; [bedrückendes ende];
Rated 07 Mar 2016
80
55th
Alles fliesst, alles ist miteinander verbunden. Die majestätische Schönheit des Ozeans, die Kraft von Gedichten, aber auch die schreckliche Diktatur Pinochets und die Kolonialisierung Chiles während des 19. Jahrhunderts. Patricio Guzman findet dafür melancholisch fliessende Bilder in seinem Essayfilm. So wie den Kristallquader, worin ein Wassertropfen verschlossen ist. Er ist verkalkt, ein wenig bewegt er sich zwar in und her, doch man kann seine Erstarrung nicht lösen... mehr auf cinegeek.
Rated 12 Apr 2015
83
85th
34. İstanbul Film Festivali - Atlas Sineması: Doğa ve politikayı bir araya getirirken sergilediği şiirsellik belgeseli çok üst bir seviyeye taşıyor.
Rated 30 Dec 2015
80
86th
Very nice film.
Rated 07 May 2016
60
26th
Something of a disappointment, given Guzman's previous film. Further, you know you're in trouble when this film's most compelling idea--that our search of the stars indicates a nostalgia for the past--was already explored in that previous film. Lots of beautiful imagery here, though it is inexplicably mixed with some bad CGI'd comets and such. Further, the film feels diffuse and disconnected--a problem when everything is supposed to link seamlessly together.
Rated 03 Apr 2016
40
57th
Considering the tragic faiths of the people in the story is concerned the life in El botón de nácar [The Pearl Button] (2015) was only moderately present. Has heartfelt moments, but the unstructured nature of Patricio Guzmán's documentary limits it's impact.

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