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Chac: The Rain God (1975)

Director: Rolando Klein
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Drama, Foreign, Latin America, Mexico
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: Mayan languages
Subtitles: English
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Chac is a straightforward tale about a group of modern-day Mayans who are suffering a drought, and seek the assistance of their ancient rain-deity "Chac" to bring rain. For most of the story, the villagers are on a long pilgrimage to find a shaman who can put them in touch with the deity. In the latter part of the film, the shaman's efforts, at first apparently unsuccessful, reach a shocking culmination. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Mexican Neo-Realism - who knew by kinaidos February 16, 2006 - 9:09 AM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
This is an odd film. It's uncompromising in some ways. The dialogue is in the native Tzetal Mayan language. The actors are all villagers living in the are where the film was shot. The film is chac-ed full of Mayan mythology drawn directly from the pages of the Popol Vuh. But the film is also very hollywood - scripted, blocked, carefully shot, minimally edited. There is quite a bit of tourist-gawking.
The films is a must see for anyone interested in indigenous Mexican culture. It captures life in a Chiapas village in 1970, before those cultures finally gave way to general Mexican campesino culture with its Western clothes and TV.

weird movie by thomasadam October 29, 2004 - 9:00 PM PDT
0 out of 2 members found this review helpful
If you liked Atananjurat(can't remember how it's spelled)(the fast runner) Then you should love this movie. It is maybe a little weirder. Some really beautiful scenes. It is full of myth and very foreign subjects. I had a little trouble determining what was happening. All in all a terrific strange effort. On another note, my mother's landlady in Chiapas 30 years ago was the wife of the man who plays the lead.

popol voodoo by MDixon January 22, 2004 - 4:30 PM PST
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
it's a joke - a JOKE . . . . anyway, I liked Chac - came recommended by an indigenous friend of mine. Would reveal more on repeated viewings, I'm pretty sure. Great cinematography - the filmmaker makes apologies for the cheesy special effects, but he didn't really need to - the effects are short and don't add much to the story (maybe)? Anyway, watch Chac if you are interested in the Maya and want to see what a lifestyle in the Chiapas area was like 30 years ago - much has changed, I'm sure, since then

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