Santoalla (2017)

Progressive Dutch couple, Martin Verfondern and Margo Pool, had only one dream--to live off the land, far from the constraints and complications of the city. But, when they arrive in the remote, Spanish village of Santoalla, the foreigners… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 19, 2017
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

"Santoalla" is really concerned with cultures in collision, with what happens when dreams of paradise clash, good intentions become unhinged and the darker angels of our nature gain the upper hand.

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Godfrey Cheshire

A concise and well-executed example of smart documentary storytelling.

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Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies

[A]t no point do [directors Andrew] Becker and [Daniel] Mehrer convince us that there's any legitimate mystery to be found here.

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Jessica Kiang

While "Santoalla" is a small story, its poignancy resonates, like an echo finding its way through the peaks and valleys of this windswept, eternal landscape.

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Glenn Kenny
New York Times

The threads that remain hanging imbue this peculiar story of paradise lost with a tragic resonance.

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Kristy Puchko

Santoalla is a true crime documentary unlike any you've seen before. It's nuanced, bittersweet, and haunting...

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Alan Scherstuhl
Village Voice

[A] quiet, immersive true-crime mystery doc ...

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
AV Club

A story is only as interesting as what can be drawn from it, and Becker and Mehrer seem reluctant to draw too much, perhaps realizing the confines they have to work within; even at a scant 83 minutes, the movie feels over-stretched.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Though the middle of the film becomes rather to languorous for its own good, a sudden late injection of pace and incident forcefully restores momentum.

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