Pachamama (2018)

Pachamama
Director: Juan Antin
Writer: Juan Antin, Patricia Valeix, Olivier de Bannes, Nathalie Hertzberg
Cast: Andrea Santamaria, India Coenen, Saïd Amadis, Marie-Christine Darah, Vincent Ropion, Jean-Marc Pannetier [I saw the film in English, these are the French voice actors]
Seen on: 23.3.2021

Content Note: (critical treatment of) colonialism

Plot:
Tepulpai (Andrea Santamaria) wants to become a shaman like Shaman (Saïd Amadis). When its time to prove that he is willing to sacrifice his most treasured possession to Pachamama and thus prove that he is becoming an adult, he can’t do it – unlike Naira (India Coenen) who is ready to sacrifice her small llama Lamita. When a tax collector shows up in their village and takes not only more than the village can afford, but also their Huaca, a sacred idol, Tepulpai hopes he can prove himself after all – by bringing back the Huaca.

Pachamama is a really beautiful film with a political core, but the story and the voice acting didn’t quite work for me.

The film poster showing Tepulpai and Naira flying on a big Condor bird. Lamita is watching them from the ground.
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The Queen’s Corgi (2019)

The Queen’s Corgi
Director: Vincent Kesteloot, Ben Stassen
Writer: Rob Sprackling, Johnny Smith
Cast: [I saw the German dubbed version, but the original voices are:] Julie Walters, Tom Courtenay, Jack Whitehall, Matt Lucas, Colin McFarlane, Ray Winstone
Seen on: 2.5.2019
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Content Note: rape culture, sexism, misogyny, domestic violence/abuse

Plot:
When Rex (Jack Whitehall) is given as a gift from Prince Philip (Tom Courtenay) to the Queen (Julie Walters), he has probably won the lottery. He certainly holds a special place in the Queen’s heart, much to the jealousy of Charlie (Matt Lucas), another of the Queen’s corgis. When Donald Trump comes on a state visit, Rex gets in a bit of trouble and, needled on by Charlie, believes himself to be hated and unwanted now. Rex leaves Buckingham Palace – and that is only the beginning of his troubles.

I didn’t expect much from The Queen’s Corgi and I wouldn’t have watched it at all, if it hadn’t been for my nieces. But what I got was so much worse than what I expected, I was actually horrified by the sexist catastrophe that is this film.

The film poster showing the corgi Rex with a crown, scepter and royal purple.
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