Ciro Guerra's ('Birds of Passage') film recalls Werner Herzog's Amazonian masterpieces and echoes the more insane and trippy moments of 'Apocalypse Now', yet remains a singular, epic vision.
Spanning two periods half a century apart and set in the heart of the Amazon Basin, the Oscar-nominated 'Embrace of the Serpent' follows two explorers' attempts to locate a plant with near-mythical recuperative qualities. But as their search takes them deeper into the wilderness, it is their minds and bodies that come under threat.
★★★★★ "You will be transported" - Mark Kermode, The Observer
★★★★★ "'Embrace of the Serpent' is the type of film we’re always searching for, yet seems so obvious once we’ve found it" - Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian