This lush Mexican drama tells a story about climate change and cultural identity using the allegory of butterfly migration monarchs.
"Son of Monarchs" is about immigration, but it is not an ordinary crossing story. The film, from director Alexis Gambis, resists the stereotypical formulas that Hollywood demands of Mexican dramas about immigration. Instead, he exploits the allegory of monarch butterflies to sketch an alternate journey of being and belonging. figcaption>
Mendel (a phenomenal Tenoch Huerta) is a Mexican biologist studying the genetic sequencing of monarchs. He recently moved from his Michoacan home, the animal winter refuge, to New York. The narrative structure is a collage, with radiant scenes of Mendel's wide-eyed youth and icy images of his austere life in the United States. In no time, the scientist's psyche crumbles as he struggles to leave home, reconcile spirituality with science, and piece together the fragments of childhood trauma and subsequent estrangement from home. his brother.
"Son of Monarchs " is ambitious and meditative, thick with philosophical reflections from i his characters on the environment, cycles of life and identity. In his attempt to cover so much, he sometimes stumbles. While the slow pace requires patience, the magnThe unique visual world of director of photography Alejandro Mejia has huge gifts that are well worth the wait. Mejia's camera is graceful, respectful of the verdant, bucolic hills of Michoacan and the microscopic and irregular surface of a chrysalis. It is a broader statement about the planet's endangered treasures under catastrophic climate change. The rich images of the film will be imprinted in your memory and will come back to you in your dreams.
Son of the monarchs
Rated R for its disturbing images and explicit language. In English and Spanish, with subtitles. Duration: 1 hour 37 minutes. At the movies.