A journey through Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s ‘Bardo’

Bard. Poet of the ancient Celts. Lyric poet of any country or time. Person in charge of transmitting stories and legends orally. In Buddhism, bard is he “intermediate state” or the “transition state that happens unconsciously after the death of a person, derived from the visions and/or hallucinations that can be suffered in the state prior to their next reincarnation.

Perhaps those visions or hallucinations are what make BARD: False chronicle of a few truths by Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu. be a deep, complex film that confronts us with our beliefs. What is the border between fantasy and reality? And above all, who or how is what is real different from what never was or will be?

BARD It is one of the most anticipated movies of the year. those tapes about which we know a lot and at the same time nothing. The return to Mexico of Alejandro González Iñárritu, which opens with a spectacular desert sequence of a man who walks, runs, flies and embarks on a retrospective journeyin the first instance makes us believe that we are facing a very personal film, without knowing that through those shots and stories, we can see ourselves.

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Silverio Gama is an acclaimed journalist and documentary filmmaker that after twenty years of living in Los Angeles, he returns to Mexico prior to receiving recognition, a return that leads him to confront himself with the nostalgia of returning to the place he considers his own, but to which he no longer belongs.

Friends who cease to be friends, acknowledgments that arrive loaded with reproaches, envy and claims, the sacrifice of family relationships to pursue what we call “success”, and remain in limbo or in the “bardo” of not being from here or from there.

Yes migration is one of the many layers that come off this storyis probably the main or the most obvious, not only from a strictly geographic or belonging issue, but through Silverio Gama, it deepens until it leads us to question our own identity. Are we what we really think we are? And what is the cost we are willing to pay for it?

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu Bardo
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Mexico is a surreal country in many ways. Chavela Vargas used to even say that the word “Mexico” comes from “Mágico”. It is a country that, in some way, demands more from its soccer team than from its politicians. A country that we love above all things, but that is deeply broken.

Irony is part of our daily life and in one way or another, becomes relevant through the scenes and dialogues of BARDpunctually in the sequence in which the battle of Chapultepec Castle is recreatedand of course, in one of the most spectacular scenes of the entire film: the dialogue that occurs between Silverio Gama and Hernán Cortés on a pyramid of corpses in the Zócalo.

Two examples depicting natural distortion of what happened, what they told us, what we believe and in turn, interpret to tell.

Dancing Bard Alejandro González Iñárritu
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The work of Alejandro González Iñárritu

Cinematographically speaking, what Alejandro Gonzalez Iñarritu does in BARD its beautiful, replicating and perfecting some of the characteristic sequences that have established him as one of the best directors of our time; however the work he does Eugenio Caballero in the art direction, Martín Hernández with the audio and González Iñarritu himself in collaboration with Bryce Dessner on the original musicis amazing.

Personally, there are two scenes in BARD that I found beautiful. The first occurs during the award ceremony in which Silverio Gama will be awarded, and during a party, in the bathroom of the living room, he meets his dead father to have one of those talks that we all want to have with people who are no longer with us.

Daniel Gimenez Cacho and Ximena Lamadrid in Bardo
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The second takes place on the beach, when Silverio, accompanied by his family, releases the ashes of his son Mateo, who died the day after he was born and that reminds us of the transcendence and the silent and permanent pain that every neonatal death brings with it. Finding beauty in pain It is something that I had not been able to visualize until I saw this scene.

BARD: False chronicle of a few truths it doesn’t happen in a straight line and it has no reason. On the contrary, it produces a very strange effect, since it is a film that moves you and whose relevance lies in the emotions it produces while you watch itbut also in the thoughts that come after hours and days after seeing it.

Bard Official Poster
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I write this text a week after seeing it and trying to digest it. And the more I think about it, the more I like it. If something warns us the title of the most recent film by Alejandro González Iñárritu, BARD: False chronicle of a few truths, It is the journey that, in every sense, you are about to witness.

Iker Solano Bard
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A journey through Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s ‘Bardo’