Hi all, it has been a while since I posted a movie review. It isn’t that I have stop watching TV or movies, no that isn’t it. I just haven’t had to time to review every movie I have watched over the past few months – and believe me there have been plenty. However, after watching Palm Trees In The Snow I must say, I couldn’t stop myself from telling you why you should watch it right now. This is the perfect weekend movie, grab some popcorn and plenty tissue, you are going to need it.
Title: Palm Trees In The Snow
Synopsis: Finding a tantalizing clue in an old letter, a young woman journeys to her family’s tropical plantation to uncover generations of secrets.
Initial release: December 9, 2015
Director: Fernando González Molina
Story by: Luz Gabás
Music composed by: Lucas Vidal
Main Characters: Kilian & Bisila
Nominations: Goya Award for Best Production Supervision
REVIEW: Palm Trees In The Snow is a story that starts with what was a part of a letter and one half of a picture, and a daughter burring her father. The story ignites by the curiosity and the need to know the ghosts and events that plagued a father’s mind. This film is very moving, it covers racial issues, family drama and secrets. It also explores the reality of the time and the consequences of being different. It isn’t everyday that one watches a movie that moves us to the core. In this particular film the essence of an era is capture beautifully. This film explores so much.
Killian the main character is a young man who was born in Guinea but moved back to the mountains of Spain with his mother and sisters. After a request of his father to go back to his roots and the paradise where he was born he returns to Guinea. Killian then learns the ropes of Cocoa cultivation and the hard work that it entails. It is during the years that follow that Killian starts to experience life in Guinea. There he meets the people, he makes friends, he experience sex and it is there where he also meets the woman who he falls in-love with. Even when not knowing who she is and what her name is Killian is completed enthralled and fascinated by her beauty and pose, her demeanor and soft manners & personality.
It the 20 plus years of Killian living in Guinea he experiences all, betrayal, deceit, loss and heart break. I enjoyed this story so very much because it isn’t your typical love story. There is a lot more to the story than the curiosity of a young woman trying to find out about the past of father and an uncle and the ghosts that lurk behind a picture that in many ways bring closure and justice. This film will transport you to a world of tradition, transcendental love, spiritual awakening and an unbelievable passion between a man and a woman of very different backgrounds who fight to be together in a country that is on the brink of a civil war. Even at the end these two souls struggle with each others absence and it is in the end when they finally find themselves again.
I highly recommend this movie – it is important to keep in mind that it is a foreign film, subtitles should be expected so keep your captioned on. Do not let that deter you, you will love this movie perhaps as much as I did.
Where to watch it?
Netflix & Amazon Video
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