Get SF Weekly Newsletters
Pin It


Wednesday, Jul 15 2015

Pablo Fendrik’s Ardor may or may not be the first Rainforest Western, but it’s almost certainly the first Rainforest Western with such a dreamy leading man. Indeed, Ardor is essentially George Stevens Shane set in wettest Argentina, with the distractingly handsome Gael García Bernal in the Alan Ladd role. (This is not a criticism of Ardor; it’s a sturdy story template that goes back eons because it works. Plus, the rather feline Bernal is much easier on the eyes than Ladd’s Eisenhower-era manliness.) Vânia (Alicia Braga) and her father, João, (Chico Díaz) live on a tobacco farm, which is attacked by a group of gun-wielding land-grabbers who insist that João sign over the property. Emerging from the wilderness is Kaí (García Bernal), a mysterious drifter of few words who decides to help the family protect themselves, whatever it takes. What it ends up taking is a great deal of violence and pwnage, as the one-with-nature Kaí goes all Rambo on them. (First Blood-style Rambo, to be precise, not Rambo-style Rambo. There’s a difference.) The frequently meditative Ardor also has plenty of lovely cinematography of the rainforest along Argentina’s Paraná River, but let’s face it: Few things are more satisfying than watching men with guns getting their asses handed to them, particularly by someone much prettier than them.


About The Author

Sherilyn Connelly


Comments are closed.

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed
  1. Most Popular


  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"