Bless Me, Ultima 2013
PG-13 | 1h 46min | Drama, War | 22 February 2013 (USA)
A drama set in New Mexico during WWII, centered on the relationship between a young man and an elderly medicine woman who helps him contend with the battle between good and evil that rages in his village.
Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)
Rated PG-13 for some violence and sexual references.
Best movie about our gente since Salt of the Earth. Must watch! No clichés here. Just a sweet, subtle, and poignant coming of age story set in the beautiful, but troubled post WWII landscape of northern New Mexico. Few films make you feel like you’re reading a novel– refreshingly, this one does justice to Rudolfo Anaya’s timeless classic. The arc climaxes with little fanfare, but you will no doubt be left with a sense of how and why the supernatural, deeply woven into the daily life of these comunidades, helps people navigate the paradoxes of “good” and “evil.” In a period when Latinos, as a demographic are coming of age politically, and while at once courted and loathed, Bless Me, Ultima is timely, but also transcendent and universal. Don’t miss it!
Director: Carl Franklin
Writers: Rudolfo Anaya (based on the novel by), Carl Franklin (written for the screen by)
Stars: Luke Ganalon, Joseph A. Garcia, Miriam Colon