With Zama we are in front of a masterpiece that many will pass by and miss because of its slow rhythm, but to transmit the feeling of going-slowly-mad that Don Diego, (main character) is painfully getting, this rhythm is much needed. If you're able to slow down from today's full speed, always anxious way of life, you will notice what makes this movie stand tall.
With an impressive photography and non traditional takes, alongside the sounds of deep Paraguayan inland and the colonial way of living in a strange land, this piece needs to be seen in cinema to get submerged into the context and then fully understand and feel the state of mind of Zama, which is basically the main substance of the plot; his waiting for an impossible and what comes with it: silent despair and slow madness.
Regarding costumes, acting and editing, I've found also greatness within simplicity.
Remember this while starting to watch Lucrecia Martel's masterpiece: this is a movie for the senses and the subconscious mind, not for reasoning.
Based on the novel by Antonio Di Benedetto written in 1956, on Don Diego de Zama, a Spanish officer of the seventeenth century settled in Asunción, who awaits his transfer to Buenos Aires.
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