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I Dream in Another Language


103 minutes · 2017

In this Mexican drama, a linguist travels to a small jungle village to study the dying language of its indigenous people. He wants to record a conversation between the last two speakers, but the old men in question have been feuding for more than 50 years and refuse to talk to one another. Flashbacks reveal that the men were once in love and had to suppress their desire; moved by their history, the linguist determines to end their feud so they can spend their final days in peace. Ernesto Contreras, directing a script by his brother Carlos, establishes a relaxed pace and a gentle tone, allowing the themes of guilt and repressed longing to resonate, and his sympathy toward all the characters creates a winning sense of goodwill. In Spanish with subtitles.

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