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Salt and Fire (2016)

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A scientist blames the head of a large company for an ecological disaster in South America. But when a volcano begins to show signs of erupting, they must unite to avoid a disaster.



(short story), (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Krauss / Aristidis
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Danner Ignacio Márquez Arancibia ...
Gabriel Márquez Arancibia ...
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Man with One Story


Salt and Fire is about a mysterious hostage-taking where the leader of a small scientific delegation is deliberately stranded with two blind boys in an area of gigantic salt flats. Shot in Bolivia, the film stars Michael Shannon, Veronica Ferres and Gael García Bernal and was written and directed by Werner Herzog. Written by XLrator Media

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Release Date:

7 April 2017 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deserto em Fogo  »

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2.35 : 1
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Werner Herzog: One of the passengers on the plane near the beginning of the film. See more »


A Una Rosa (Voche 'E Notte Antica)
Music by Ernst Reijseger and Ensemble
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Less of a thrill than a warning
6 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

I had to wonder what I was watching throughout, consistently waiting for something to happen. Salt and Fire delivers a film which is more like a patchwork quilt. Bits and pieces of ideas designed to be thought provoking but, in a typical arty style, leave you to draw your own conclusions to the meaning. So it allows itself to be watchable, just about, without anything of significance taking place. The only thing I took from the whole thing was that sometimes people who like nice stuff make bad decisions and then have to face their demons.

The acting was stilted throughout. Even Michael Shannon, who I tend to consider at least reasonable, played his part in keeping with everyone else. I still wonder whether it was intentional, perhaps some device designed to make you ask why.

Interesting idea, but it probably deserves a more fitting synopsis. This isn't a thriller and certainly isn't a disaster movie or maybe it is, if the film could play out for another 200,000 years.

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