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  • 3.7
Winner of the Critics' Week Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Oliver Laxe's stunning film, MIMOSAS, is a breathtakingly shot Western that follows a mysterious caravan carrying a dying sheikh into the Moroccan Atlas Mountains. Somewhere in the desert, a caravan is escorting an elderly sheik to the village where he was born. His last wish is to be buried with his loved ones. But death does not wait. Without their leader, the company grows fearful. And at the foot of a mountain pass, they refuse to continue, entrusting the body to two men who agree to carry on and bring it to its final destination. But who are these men? And do they really know the way? In another world, a mysterious young man is chosen to find the caravan.

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If you watch this movie as I did, uncomprehending and awed, you will view extraordinary landscapes in southern Morocco and recognise a narrative as clear and defined as that of a Western—and you will have satisfactions aplenty. If you ask why of each scene and of the relation of sequences to other sequences, you will be uneasy. The movie recalls the persistent motive of burying the body that transforms and transcends into a metaphysical journey such as Faulkner represented in "As I Lay Dying," but without the interior consciousnesses that Faulkner so eloquently, poignantly embodied in words. We often say that a book is a good read, so I'll say that "Mimosas" is a very good watch. without trying to explain or justify what I cannot. Without even understanding why it is entitled "Mimosas."

At one point in the burial journey, the group descend a precarious, zig-zagging walkway down a steen decline. The walkway is made of wood, from trees; the descent is slow, seen from a distance. At that moment the total determination and precariousness of this pilgrimage is stunningly, mysteriously embodied and, perhaps more importantly, the sequence evokes no judgment or interpretation; our participation is, as they say, observational as well as unknowing.

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An atmospheric black metal film. Meditations on God through the specter of Death.

Upon first watch I am stunned and bewildered. This is more puzzling than a Tarkovsky film. A metaphor of the spiritual life? Clumsy angel guides? I watch very few movies a second time, but this needs to be on the list. Something about the taxi rides, especially the last rides, reminded me about the film crew bus in Jesus Christ Superstar. Ronald C's comparison to the Faulkner work is apt, without the varying perspectives. Very intellectual, abstract. Watch it if you enjoy that type of movie, as I do.

Stunning cinematography. A surreal Western that takes full advantage of the geographic wonders of (what I assume to be) the Atlas Mountains.