Canoa: A Shameful Memory

1976

Adventure / Crime / Drama / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 7.9 10 953

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Reviewed by andrescardenasg 8 / 10 / 10

Most impacting movie in modern Mexico's cinematography

Based on a true story, this movie shows the great differences within Mexico rural and urban areas. Modernity could not be accepted in the rural areas, basically because the ignorant peasants were dominated by certain groups, including, like in this movie, the Catholic Church. Let's remember that the students massacres that had happened in 1968 and 1972 were still fresh in the minds of many Mexicans. Those students had been accused by the Government,of being Comunists. In this particular movie 5 young students of the Capital's State University decide to climb a volcano. Because of bad weather they have to stay overnight in a little village besides the Volcano. The local Priest assumes that they are Communists coming to agitate in his territory and accuses them with the people of trying to close the Church. The mob tries to lynch them. The beauty of this film resides in the fact that fanaticism is shown at its maximum level so as to make us think where this can lead us in our lives. This is true of the corrupt authorities, the Priest that uses Religion to maintain his privileges, the village people that mix Religion and fanaticism, etc. It is a great sociological study of the consequences of these extreme attitudes.

Reviewed by sivilcavage 8 / 10 / 10

prophetic

i picked up this film at random after being hooked by the cover art. like the hikers in the film, i had no idea what i was getting myself into. while not a particularly "polished" or grand film it was still very chilling. it's always the smaller things that make the biggest impact. i think this is because prior to this film i had never really seen the kind of paranoia on display here, seen the foundations laid so meticulously, except in an overly "preachy" way in American cinema (Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ" for example). this was different however, and i think that it has a lot to do with the social climate and history of Mexico and above all, the talent of the director. all the same, being a native New Mexican and in close proximity to such a vivid heritage, i think that this film has a very valid message about the madness of crowds and the unthinking, unfeeling, unaccountable and exploitative aspects of organized religion. i was raised without religion so my biases are limited (though some would say invalidated, ipso facto). i can't recall any film that i've seen, except "La Mala Educación" by Almodóvar (also an excellent film) that almost literally equates organized religion with organized crime. that may not have been the director's aim, but that's certainly what i got from it. but, it's not religion that's attacked here, it's the hypocrisy and manipulativeness of (exactly as a previous poster identified the priest) megalomaniacs (just like the jealous priest in "La Mala Educación"). while some people would jump to the conclusion that it's religion and the Catholic church or the ignorance of the indigenous peoples that are emphasized here, they're missing the point entirely. it reminded me much of the style of Buñuel who its possible Cazals was influenced by. like Buñuel, he employs these symbols and signs of the time, they help tell the story, but they do not distract nor are they the focus of the examinations in this film. the overtones are more social than they are religious, the questions it raises are more intellectual than theological. one of the closest examples i can think of pertaining to this concept was actually contained in a line by a character in (ironically) a big-budget Hollywood film: "Men In Black". the line: "A person is smart. people are panicky, dumb, dangerous animals and you know it." this almost sums up "Canoa". this is what makes it unnerving. it catches you off guard. the smallest word (within the film literally amplified by the use of the loudspeakers) makes such a difference in the course of action that the characters in this film take. the entire town is itself a character. a big paranoid, schizophrenic, suspicious, and vindictive character. it also made me think of the biblical account of the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. except in this instance the city is not destroyed but instead allowed to get away with its crimes... it's not morbid, and not exploitative or cheap in its depiction of violence but contextualizes violence VERY effectively and this also adds to the overall tone. bouncing back and forth between the straightforward plot-driven scenes and the documentary-style interviews with the village people (also a device that brought to mind a Greek chorus), going between the crowds and the individual, seeing one person alone and then lost in a crowd is very disorienting but gives the film its power. the scenes where the most ordinary conversations seem out of place amidst the chaos of a riot give the film almost a postmodern quality that we see in the films of Tarantino and other younger directors (who seem to utilize this gimmick solely for its vulgar qualities). but of course, "Canoa" predates such films by over 20 years, is more serious in its tone, and is quantums more profound. this is definitely a film ahead of its time. what people see in American cinema today is actually pretty cheap if you ask me, when compared to a film such as "Canoa". this is a powerful film. i feel better having spent $1 to rent this than spending $10 to watch a movie at the cineplex... the smallest things can make the biggest difference. see this film. it is excellent.

Reviewed by csarcarranza_1 8 / 10 / 10

Terrifying.. Because it's real

A person is able to change its judgment, a mob is already executing the sentence. In this movie, innocent people were judged as guilty of communism, which in certain places, is almost a declaration of allegiance to the devil. And the sentence was carried.. There are no surprises on this film. From the first moment you saw the cover, you knew there was going to be murder. The main point of the movie is the way the murders occur, and for what reasons. You can see ignorance and fear at its peak here. At the front you will notice the liquor bottles in the hands of the killers. You will see the crowd with no mind of its own, but blindly charging against those the priest accuses. I personally find the scene where the mob enters Lucas's house the most terrifying. Several people start beating the young men, while their partners, who'll soon be victims, look at them, evidently terrified, noticing that they won't be able to do anything against the insane rage the villagers carry. They are dragged like animals, and then beaten by the entire crowd, who humiliates them, all the while yelling "Communists!" at them. This movie is sickening, but a must-see. It shows, very clearly- perhaps too clearly- the terrible dangers of fanatism, fear, and above all, ignorance.

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