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Tierra
Tierra
Actors: Carmelo Gómez, Emma Suárez, Karra Elejalde, Silke, Nancho Novo
Director: Julio Medem
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
UR     2000     2hr 5min

Julio Medem doesn't direct his films so much as weave them: images, characters, criss-crossing stories, and recurring motifs intertwine, blur, and transform through time. Tierra begins in the heavens and plummets to Earth...  more »

     
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Actors: Carmelo Gómez, Emma Suárez, Karra Elejalde, Silke, Nancho Novo
Director: Julio Medem
Creators: Javier Aguirresarobe, Julio Medem, Iván Aledo, Fernando de Garcillán, Manuel Lombardero
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance
Studio: New Yorker Video
Format: DVD - Color,Letterboxed
DVD Release Date: 11/21/2000
Original Release Date: 01/01/1995
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1995
Release Year: 2000
Run Time: 2hr 5min
Screens: Color,Letterboxed
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 5
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Spanish
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

Good movie, terrible DVD
fgaruti | Mexico, DF Mexico | 01/08/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)

"For those that like Medem's work, Tierra is an interesting movie. It is not his greatest movie, but it is an interesting psichological and visual endeavour. His particular visual style (particularily noticeable in Ardilla Roja) begins to show in this movie. Unfortunately, not because of the movie itself (which you might like or dislike depending on wheter you can get in touch with Medem's altered reality), but because of the DVD transfer, this is not a good DVD buy. The transfer is lousy, subtitles are burnt on the image. Being a letterbox transfer, it would make perfect sense to position subtitles on the black bars, and for those of us who can listen to movies in their original language, the option to turn it off. This type of lousy pack-n-go arthouse DVDs, be it from Spain, France or Italy is undeniably cheap and unacceptable."
Great example of an original director
Vijay Ramani | 05/08/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Juilo Medem is one of Spain's (and the world's) most original directors. From Vacas, his first film, through La Ardilla Roja (2nd), Tierra, and his most recent, Lovers of the Arctic Circle, he has exhibited some of the most interesting images and subjects to be viewed in film today. The only other director in recent years to compare him with is the late Krzysztof Kieslowski. Tierra is a tone poem touching love, life, death, and choices. A remarkable effort with convincing portrayals by Suarez, Gomez, and Silke. The DVD is strongly recommended."
There are Movies and then there is This
Vijay Ramani | Singapore | 04/10/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this movie in the SIFF a few years ago. And I have been priveleged enough to have seen two other movies by the same Director. (The two mentioned in the review by Amazon).But this one really has the 'biggest' view of them all. I notice that mentioning movies for their cinematography has entered the 'general' dialogue. And nothing has beaten the views that this film offered me since. I will declare without hesitance that this is my favorite movie of all time.The actors (Emma Suarez and Gomez) are usual Medem fixtures and play their roles very convincingly. There is a tragedy and mis-understandings. Lost Loves, longings and above all the lead character called Angel (who really is an angel in part) who somehow must bring all the disparate ends together to achieve some sort of calm. The setting for the movie is a broad vista in the Spanish Countryside which is lovingly filmed (because of a much bigger budget available to Medem compared to his other projects).Overall Unforgettable."
More than fumigation going on
Enrique Torres | San Diegotitlan, Califas | 01/18/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Fascinating tale that addresses metaphsical questions with human nature and all it's conflicts. The scenery is stark and at times otherworldly, quite possibly the intent of the director to illustrate the nature of conflicts between this world and the unknown. Beautiful story about a man who comes to eradicate a pesky little critter who is giving the vineyards wine a "earthy" taste. He hires some gipsy's to help him fumigate but in the process becomes involved with two women of distinct characteristics. The conflicts exist throughout the movie for the leadin male chacter, Angel, and he must choose his path and destiny while bearing in mind his original mission and purpose, to get rid of the insect that has infested the vineyards. Very good movie that is a bit out there at times but the questions raised by the director are legitimate and worth contemplating. The dialogue is fast at times and if you need to read the sub titles they disappear fast. Put on your thinking cap and try this good example of Spanish cinema."