The Other Conquest
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On Nov. 8, 1519, the Spanish conqueror Hernando Cortés and his small army rode into the Aztec capital of the vast Mexican Empire, where they were welcomed by the Emperor Moctezuma. Within two years, the Aztec civilization was in a state of orphanage, the survivors having lost their families, homes, language, temples... and gods.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In his bravura feature debut, [Salvador] Carrasco has created nothing less than a dazzling vision of the birth of a uniquely Mexican religion born of the searing fusion of Catholic and Aztec deities."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"An incendiary mix of politics, religion, war, violence and personal turbulence -- not an easy film, but a complicated work of art."
‑ Eric Rosenberg,
"Carrasco delivers his message with all the grace of Cortés."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"A dizzying intellectual experience that dares to tread where few films have in terms of religion, war and the curious contradictions that ensue when one group of humans conquers another."
‑ Donald Munro, Fresno Bee
"Gran muestra de que en México se puede realizar cine de alta calidad tanto en el aspecto técnico como en el estético y actoral"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"An arresting, balletic performance by Damian Delgado powers this vividly imagined, elegantly paced mystery play beyond period exoticism to a bona fide illumination of social, and sacred, history."
‑ Ron Stringer, L.A. Weekly
"A grand mural of trauma, with superb colors, a great escape scene and fertile myth-probing about how masters and vassals together forged the hot core of Mexican Catholicism."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"This is a film that dares to look at faith from a fresh perspective. The fact that the film is back in theaters at all is a near-miracle."
‑ Larry Ratliff, San Antonio Express-News
"The drama doesn't work, and the film ends up feeling more like a history museum display."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"[Director] Carrasco uses shadows and mirrors to create effects he has no actual budget for. The lack of money shows on-screen but is cleverly hidden by the director's genius for making us care about his story so much that we forgive all else."
‑ Richard Nilsen, Arizona Republic
"Caught between efforts to redress Eurocentric accounts of the conquest of Mexico and a tendency to slide into old-movie melodramatics, Carrasco's film is often gorgeous, never less than entertaining and occasionally moving."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A marvelous vision: at once spectacle, history lesson, and potent psychological drama."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"An impressive, beautifully visual film."
‑ Luisa F. Ribeiro, Boxoffice Magazine
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