The Other Conquest
The Other Conquest (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 4, 2007
DVD Release Date: October 16, 2007
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

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.

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Eric Rosenberg

An incendiary mix of politics, religion, war, violence and personal turbulence -- not an easy film, but a complicated work of art.

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Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star

Carrasco delivers his message with all the grace of Cortés.

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Ron Stringer
L.A. Weekly

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.

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David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune

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.

Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

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.

Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

[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.

Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

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.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

A marvelous vision: at once spectacle, history lesson, and potent psychological drama.

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