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The Lighthouse

An old lighthouse keeper, long accustomed to a life of solitude, shelters a former cop and his wife who are fleeing the country. This arty Colombian drama (2012) unfolds slowly, quietly, and with plenty of handsome natural imagery—which is to say it's similar to countless other art movies of recent years. Yet in contrast to many of those, the storytelling feels relaxed rather than plodding, and the elemental characterizations seem fabular rather than needlessly oblique. The life lessons, however obvious, have the ring of genuine wisdom. Pacho (ne Luis Fernando) Bottia (The Accordionist's Wedding) directed. In Spanish with subtitles.

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