Tragic Jungle Review: Netflix’s Great Fantasy Travels Slowly to Horror

The story of human civilization always returns to this: our desire to consume outweighs our responsibility to preserve. The history of colonization and capitalism is linked in that ideology, especially how their dual forces burned the destructive path through Latin America.Filmmaker Yulene Olaizola adds an eerie spin to this harmful history with a slow-moving, atmospheric, nervous Netflix fantasy thriller film. Selva TrĂ¡gica, Or Tragic jungle..

A fictional character set in the jungle along the border between Mexico and Belize in 1920 Tragic jungle At the request of the company and its owner, we deliberately have a wide range of conversations about the ruin of nature. An element of folk horror Tragic jungle Set up an array of characters fighting for rarity and perform breakthrough labor for low wages. The plot nods to the historical reality of the region.For centuries, Dole’s banana and pineapple plantations have been Caused serious damage to the environmentEspecially in Central America. International companies take advantage of the low cost of doing business in South America, Increased port sector development Dredging, water pollution, and deforestation In a country like Brazil.

Even the history of chewing gum in the 2009 book Chicle: American chewing gum It is bound by exploitation by Maya archaeologist Jennifer P. Matthews. The Maya and Aztecs learned hundreds of years ago how to cut sapodilla trees to collect resin and make gum, but one-two punches by European settlers and American investors have exacerbated international demand. By the mid-1930s, at least 25% of Mexican sapodilla trees had died, the country’s economy swelled and then collapsed. “This unsustainable industry has caused another so-called collapse of the Maya civilization, which continues to affect today.” Matthews wrote To Chicle..

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Tragic jungle Initially, we didn’t explicitly lay out all this context. Oraizora’s films are increasingly being pointed out about the devastating effects of the free market, but at the same time they are exploring the Maya mythological Xtabay. Throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and Belize, the female demon Xtabay is said to lure men into the jungle and kill them. She appears out of the thin air due to temptation and confusion, she always wears a white dress, and her long hair hangs loosely and freely. The morning glory vines that bloom on the white trumpet flowers may indicate her presence. The sacred Maya Ceiba tree also shows the connection between the earth and heaven and the underworld. If Xtabay’s motto is to indiscriminately attract and kill those who lust for her, it would basically be in line with “a man is not shit.”

Tragic jungle Beginning with trespassing, then escape. A group of gum harvesters grow Zapote trees in an isolated forest area on the border between Mexico and Belize. They tie themselves to the tree with a loose coil of rope, dig their feet in the trunk of the tree, cut diagonally into the bark, revealing a blood-red tree that exudes white resin. When part of the trunk is complete, they lift further upwards, approaching howler monkeys that live in the lush jungle canopy, and loudly announcing the existence of the territory. Cinematographer Sophia Oggioni places these men as parasites on trees 60-85 feet high and captures the dangers of men’s work by shooting from above and below. Workers may be familiar with the land, but they do not own the land and probably should not, from a conservationist’s point of view.

Upon returning to the camp, they cook the resin to make gum, carry it out of the jungle and deliver it to their boss. This group is a mixture of Mayan and Spanish-speaking men (indigenous history of Belize, showing Spanish aggression and aggression), led by strict and reckless Ausencio (Gilberto Barraza). Meanwhile, elsewhere in the forest, a Belize woman Agnes (Indilarby Andrewin) is on the run from an arranged marriage to Kasik (Dale Curly). With her long white lace dress, brown leather boots, pearl and moonstone jewelery, Agnes is among the myriad of greens, calf-deep muddy water, and jungle-calling insects, alligators, and jaguars. At home, which looks very out of place. She is timid in this exotic land, but her despair of wanting to maintain her freedom is more important than any fear.

Tragic jungle As Agnes crosses the road with these men, he shifts to a sharp focus, which reveals itself as a reproduction of the Xtabay myth on the one hand and as an accusation of everyday desires on the other. The uncontrollable nature of the jungle, the mysteries of the jungle, and the rhythms that the jungle maintains attract both Agnes and the harvester and spread outwards. The linguistic difference means that they can’t communicate with her, which doesn’t stop them from staring openly and greedily at her or Agnes staring right behind her.

Three men and a packhorse on a river raft in the middle of the tragic jungle jungle

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Her arrival begins a slip into violence and combat that endangers the entire group. This is a phenomenon described by Mayan-speaking narrator Jacinto (Mariano Tun Xool) in a combination of awe and fear. Only Jacinto is worried that Agnes may be a reborn Ecstabay, and his observations are strange to realize that the story you’ve heard for years may actually be true. I’m telling you. “I’m sorry I don’t understand the mystery of the jungle,” Jacinto says at the opening line of the movie. Tragic jungle It also does not suggest that Jacinto knows them. Maybe no one can.

Olaizola and Oggioni capture jungle ignorance through spinning close-ups of men’s flickering, fluctuating emotions, and scenes that enhance their vibrancy. The character is distracted somewhere in the jungle. They get lost, walk in a circle, and stare at the invading bushes. Oggioni’s cameras hold everything they think they can see. Tragic jungle Indulge in suggestions and be overjoyed indefinitely. Did one of the men really glance at Agnes’s devilish bird’s paw, or was he hallucinating due to lack of food and water? When one of the Cacique trackers asks if Agnes is a real girl, is it a literal question or a metaphorical question? And when the blood of one of the men splatters on Agnes’ face, the drops are almost cleverly lined up, but is she one of the shocks or the tranquility?

Like other jungle journey movies, from Aguirre, the wrath of God To Apocalypse Now, Tragic jungle We are devoted to the potential of karmic evil in the jungle. Unlike those movies Tragic jungle It suffers from a small amount of character development and is a little too dependent on repetitive action scenes to increase tension. But through its visual alien beauty, Andrew Inn’s deep performance of hidden water, and its increasingly tense atmosphere. Tragic jungle Cast an uneasy spell.

Tragic jungle It will be available on Netflix on June 9, 2021.