17th Century period piece about a Spanish officer stuck in the outskirts of colonial South America, feverishly awaiting transfer to Buenos Aires. Based on author Antonio Di Benedetto's novel on Don Diego de Zama.

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  • [Martel's] film is haunted, haunting and admittedly prone to the occasional longueur insofar as it runs to its own peculiar rhythm; maybe even its own primal logic. Full Review

  • The frustrating nine-year wait for new material from Martel has done nothing to blunt her exquisite, inventive command of sound and image... Full Review

  • The film’s languorous, tangential flow isn’t for everyone, but you’ll be surprised by how easily you can roll with it, especially if you tune into Zama’s cringe-funny frequency. Full Review

  • Ms. Martel is exploring the past, how we got here and why, but she is more interested in relations of power than in individual psychological portraits. Full Review

  • Poetic is a word that gets thrown around willy-nilly, but it fits perfectly here. So does woozy. It feels less like a film than a high fever, burning slow but hot in order to incinerate a virus. Full Review

  • This gently surreal, impossibly lush existential nightmare is almost punishingly languorous, but the rewards are many for those who vibe with its peculiar rhythms. Full Review

  • Zama is a textured, darkly funny and wise piece of work. Material that could have bludgeoned us with its obviousness is allowed to build an argument with wit and sharp humour. Full Review

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