Llosa mixes genre conventions of classic westerns with Latin American magic realism and a dash of Buñuelian irreverent surrealism in an incredibly accomplished directorial début. In an isolated Peruvian village high in the Andes, Madeinusa (Solier) shares a home with her sister and her father, the mayor. They prepare for the village’s special celebrations. For three days, from the time of Jesus’ crucifixion on Good Friday until his resurrection on Easter Sunday, the villagers enjoy absolute freedom. During this Tiempo Santo He is dead and cannot witness their sins. But the arrival of a stranger disrupts the fevered preparations with fatal consequences. MADEINUSA boasts excellent cinematography, music, editing and performances by its mainly non-professional cast, and reveals in Llosa a distinctive talent to follow.

103 minutes

Quechua and Spanish

Country of origin:
Peru and Spain

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