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The Desert Within

  • Film

Time Out says

An austere family melodrama set in the remote Mexican desert and employing animation, intertitles and a semi-Biblical narrative to tell its tale of guilt ridden farmer Elias and his doomed offspring, 'The Desert Within' is visually striking, admirably focused and extremely hard to enjoy. As Elias slaves in purgatory to build his perfect monument to God and his children one by one succumb to sickness, abuse, incest and insanity, the film itself begins to feel like a penance inflicted by an angry and vengeful director upon his helpless viewing flock.

There are moments of indescribable beauty here: the transitions between animation and live action are particularly stunning, and the parallels Pla draws between organised religion, political extremism and overbearing parenthood are insightful and fascinating. But overall this is a harsh, unforgiving film, for masochists only.
Written by Tom Huddleston

Release Details

  • Duration:112 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Rodrigo Plá
  • Screenwriter:Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo
  • Cast:
    • Mario Zaragoza
    • Diego Cataño
    • Memo Dorantes
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