(José Carlos Ruiz, Gabino Rodríguez, Waldo Facco, Monica Jimenez, et al / DVD / NR / (2017) 2018 / Film Rise - MVD Visual)
Overview: 'Tormentero' is the magical tale of Romero, who years ago discovered an oil field in his village that caused his friends and neighbors to lose their way of life -- and ultimately reject him. Now retired, alcoholic and schizophrenic, he is haunted by his past and sets out to reclaim the love and honor he lost decades ago after his fateful discovery.
DVD Verdict: Spanish with English subtitles, 'Tormentero' (otherwise known as storm maker) is one of the best movies I've seen in the past decade, of that fact you can take to the bank!
Sure it's the last days in the life of an old forgotten local hero, but the way José Carlos Ruiz plays his role out, well, you would have thought he was born to capture the heart and soul of his character, Don Romero.
Romero, a retired fisherman and a forgotten hero by the community, lives isolated in his home, surrounded by ghosts of the life he couldn’t have, spirits that materialize before him as his real family.
Alcoholic and schizophrenic, surviving on a daily basis. But deep down he feels the time has come to regain what he lost several decades ago, when he brought the oil curse to his own island, the lush Ciudad del Carmen.
At the same time at the mysterious Estero Pargo, the goddess Ixchel has been reborn and seeks to mate with humans in order to continue the cycle of life ... I kid you not!
For those not in the know, Director Ruben Imaz's reimagining of Rudesindo Cantarell Jiménez's exile into a living hell is a stunning work of cinematic art.
Sure, at its core, it's about a man whom lost everything, his livelihood, his future, friends, family, neighbors and community over his discovery of one of the largest oilfields in the world back in 1961, but there are so many layers to this man, this story that you have to keep watching for the entire 80 minutes.
In life, yes, the community of fishermen lost their whole way of life due to something so antiquated as fossil fuel! Not to mention mother nature took a big hit as well! But 'Tormentero' is so much more than just that which is why I urge you to buy this DVD yourselves and watch in awe of a movie that will have you talking about it for years to come. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.