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EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (2015)

EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT <span>(2015)</span> artwork

EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT (2015)

Type Feature

Approx. Running minutes 122

Release dates 10/06/2016

BBFCInsight moderate violence, injury detail, threat

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Ciro Guerra

Cast includes Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis, Yauenkü Migue, Nicolás Cancino

Summary EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT is a subtitled Colombian film set in the Amazonian jungle. It tells the story of an Amazonian shaman, the last survivor of his tribe, and his relationship with two European scientists who, forty years apart, come in search of a sacred healing plant.

Cut All known versions of this work passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 31/05/2016

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

EMBRACE THE SERPENT is a subtitled Colombian film set in the Amazonian jungle. It tells the story of an Amazonian shaman, the last survivor of his tribe, and his relationship with two European scientists who, forty years apart, come in search of a sacred healing plant.

Violence

In one scene a monk whips a young boy who has been tied to a wooden post. Bloody lacerations are briefly visible on the boy's back. Later in the same scene the monk is punched in the face and knocked to the ground.

Threat

Moments of moderate threat include a scene in which a rifle is pointed at the head of a distraught one-armed man; a gunshot rings out but it transpires that the man is unharmed. In another scene two men encounter members of a religious sect in the jungle; some sect members, wearing masks and armed with spears, are quite sinister in appearance. In another sequence gunshots ring out and people run in panic from invading Colombians; some people fall to the ground, but there is no blood or injury detail, while others throw themselves into a river in order to escape.

From time to time the shaman uses his knowledge to prepare medicines for the benefit of sick Europeans. These substances, which include caapi and yakruna, are derived from jungle plants. In addition to their healing properties, the substances clearly contain hallucinogenic psychoactive compounds, and in one scene a sick man experiences what is to all intents and purposes a psychedelic 'trip'.

Other issues include: mild bad language, including uses of 'damn' and 'hell'; mild verbal sex references; and natural partial breast and buttock nudity.

Details

Title
EMBRACE OF THE SERPENT
Also known as
EL ABRAZO DE LA SERPIENTE
Year
2015
Formats
Cinema, DVD
Distributor(s)
Peccadillo Pictures
Classified date(s)
10/05/2016
Main language
Spanish
Other languages
Portuguese
BBFC reference
AZF338938

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