Bless Me, Ultima

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Released 2013

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Director:
Carl Franklin
Released:
2013
Rating:
PG-13
Based on acclaimed author Rudolfo Anaya's novel, BLESS ME, ULTIMA is a turbulent coming-of-age story about a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II. When a curandera named Ultima moves in with his family, Antonio experiences a series of mysterious and terrifying events which cause him to grapple with questions about his own destiny, and the powers of this mystical woman.

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  • 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Carl Franklin's film is true to the tone and spirit of the book. It is patient and in no hurry. It allows a balanced eye for the people in its hero's family who tug him one way and...

  • 50

    Slant Magazine Glenn Heath Jr.

    The film's interest in social themes remains background fodder within a far more generic good-versus-evil narrative.

  • 50

    Movie Nation Roger Moore

    It's an engaging yarn, set in a place, a time and among a people rarely represented on the big screen. But "Ultima" is a poetic novel that becomes prosaic on the screen.

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