Gerald Wright's Movie Coverage
THE SKY, THE EARTH AND THE RAIN MOVIE REVIEW
Le Ciel, La Terre et La Pluie
From the Film Society of Lincoln Center's annual Latinbeat series in 2008
Directed by: Jose Luis Torres Leiva
Running time: 110 mins.
Country: Chile with English Subtitles
The Sky, The Earth and The Rain is intentionally slow, however stunning. This eerily beautiful film is set in southern Chile, where the landscape of isolation, driving rain, waving grasses and deserted seashores is the setting for a story about four people.
This unconventional narrative uses subtle and little dialogue. The emphasis is on human emotions. The main character is Ana (Julieta Figueroa) a young woman who deals with life on a simple routine of walking quite a bit, catching the ferry, going to work, meeting friends, and looking after her fatally ill bedridden mother.
Ana helps a suicidal friend named Marta (Mariana Munoz) and fears a closeness developing with a single man she works for called Toro (Pablo Krogh). Propelled more by emotions than narrative, this movie relies on the intelligence of the audience to feel out a connection with man and his environment.
The approach of a very slow pace resulting in a slow digestion of the plot, transmits a clear, definite message of a certain resistance to conventional narratives. The Sky, The Earth and The Rain is an extraordinary fine film to watch.