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Julio Medem Spain, 1996

Matthew Martens's rating of the film Tierra

I liked this movie a lot. It appeals to, without leaning too heavily on, the pleasure of puzzling over such perennial dialectics as earthiness vs. ethereality, freedom vs. commitment, vision vs. delusion, and, uh, redhead vs. blonde (definitely among its key concerns). Also: life vs. death, their relative values, including their truth value. All of it haloed by the sympathetic strangeness of Carmelo Gomez's smile.