Friday, September 23, 2016

Finding Altamira (2016)

Director: Hugh Hudson. Cast: Antonio Banderas, Golshifteh Farahani, Allegra Allen, Rupert Everett. 97 min. UK/France/Spain. Biography.

"Good guy scientist, bad guy priest". That juxtaposition, established during the first scenes of the film about Marcelino Sautuola, discoverer of paleolithic cave paintings in 1868 Spain, gradually becomes "good guy scientist, bad guy scientist" during the course of the movie, as other scientists reject the authenticity of the paintings. But the story doesn't go much beyond that. Hugh Hudson of Chariots of Fire fame, seems more interested in spectacular panoramic shots of rural Spain, making them a distraction rather than an asset to his film. And its humbling to watch his actors struggle to make the dull material work.

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