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Embrace of the Serpent (12A)

Adventure, Drama, History

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of 40 years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

The critical consensus

Majestic and thought-provoking, Embrace of the Serpent presents a vivid vision of a lost world, and is touching in its closing dedication to ‘peoples whose song we will never know.’

*****Allan Hunter, The List, 06/06/2016

The film is flawed, just slightly, by a touch of overt sci-fi fantasy at the end, but what a gripping and absorbing piece of work.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 09/06/2016

Complex and thought-provoking.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 10/06/2016

The film leaves you in little doubt which society is the less civilised.

****(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 11/06/2016

Colombian director Ciro Guerra’s transcendent adventure takes us on a dreamlike journey to the Amazon, guided by a charismatic shaman.

*****Mark Kermode, The Observer, 12/06/2016

There is no lack of writers or filmmakers reckoning with Europe’s colonial past, and The Embrace of the Serpent is a valuable addition to the tradition of the indigenous gaze.

****(*)Marta Matvijev, TVBomb, 15/06/2016

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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