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  • Actors: Matthew Rhys, Marta Lubos, Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Nia Roberts, Duffy
  • Directors: Marc Evans
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Welsh
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Verve Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Y1OIOU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,822 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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PATAGONIA narrates the journeys of two women one looking for her past, the other for her future. The film inter-cuts between their stories, in which one of them travels south to north through the Welsh springtime and the other east to west through the Argentine autumn. Directed by Marc Evans (My Little Eye), Patagonia stars Matthew Rhys (The Edge of Love and Brothers and Sisters) and Nia Roberts (Solomon and Gaenor) alongside Grammy Award winning singer Duffy, in her acting debut. A road movie for romantics, Patagonia is a film of intimate moments that play out against the sweeping panoramic landscapes, complemented by a hauntingly beautiful soundtrack.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
This entertaining film deserved better than the lukewarm reviews it received on initial release. The Guardian's two star review simply described it as unsatisfying and unconvincing. It seems to be more notable as singer Duffy's acting debut! Whilst it does tend to stray a little into 'cloud cuckoo land' towards the end, it is still a very good film from a talented and well meaning director. Son of Camarthen Marc Evans surely has a first in a film where the only spoken languages are Welsh and Spanish. The lure of a film shot in Patagonia and Wales was too great for me to resist. Throw in the added interest of the Welsh historical connection, which I was aware of, and it was an absolute must. The vast Patagonian vistas did not disappoint, and neither did the film.

The film focuses on people connected to 'Y Wladfa' the Welsh settlement in Patagonia. The strands are intelligently woven together by following a young Welsh couple from Cardiff on their visit to Argentina. Photographer Matthew Gravelle visits to photograph the windswept little Welsh chapels of Patagonia accompanied by his girlfriend, played by Brecon beauty Nia Roberts. The two battle difficult personal issues which are exacerbated when Nia meets handsome Welsh-Patagonian rancher Matthew Rhys. Meanwhile in this two stranded road movie, Argentinian Spanish speaking octogenarian Cerys decides to visit her mothers birthplace on a farm in Wales accompanied by a neighbours son. This unlikely pair are given a right royal Welsh runaround before eventually closing in on their destination.

I have to say that I really got into this film ealy on, and it managed to hold my interest throughout as I became involved with the characters.
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful By drum on 13 April 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Such an interesting migration story. A beautiful film that leaves you with goosebumps from start to finish. Great ties with Welsh History. A slow but loving and intense movie that I recommend.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 Sept. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
I found 'Patagonia' visually stunning. And though I've only watched less than 10 Blu-ray HD films to date compared with many DVDs, this is the first film to really have me appreciate Blu-ray 1080p.

'Patagonia' is a visual, cinematographic tableaux. A sequence of beautiful, fetching pieces of footage connected together in making a story. 'Patagonia' is kind of a visual version of Robert Altman's 'Short Cuts', which is a cinematic dramatic tableaux, made up of stories spliced together, later superficially relating only. There's only one, continuous story (with 2 unrelated strands) in 'Patagonia', as opposed to the mostly different stories in 'Short Cuts'.

The removedness and spontaneity of the basis of the story is important in the whole concept and effect. A pair of friends suddenly leaving Argentina for Wales and a couple suddenly, romantically leaving Wales for Argentina on work but as if eloping. This adds to the notion of each piece of footage as well as the linked sequences being gorgeously random captures of life and the world, random forays in life on this world. Perhaps under the delightful god of randomness, value, truth and self, whom is lurking between the grass for us to find in life. (The plot echoes the visual randomness and spontaneity.)

The cinematography is a real treat, that's how this film succeeds, it does amazingly, and indeed that's actually what this film is - cinematography. I feel that the attempt to take it as anything else or even much as anything additional would be misjudged and it would not succeed well that way.

The story is not deeply created, therefore, its simple and its the visual representation that matters, the impression. The actors do very well in this way.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Lifes Fun on 31 Mar. 2011
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I have just seen this film at the cinema and it kept me spellbound. I didn't even notice that they weren't talking in English(its Welsh & Spanish, sub-titled) the film is so well written and directed that it flows really well.

Slow and very intense, 2 stories running in parallel - a Petagonian grandma cheats her grandson into going back to the Welsh farm she remembers as a child and a Welsh photographer and his partner travel to Petagonia to take pictures of Welsh Chapels.

Each storyline is encapturing and quite emotional and everybody in the audience came away saying how wonderful the film was. I can't wait to get my own copy in July.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Antartica on 22 July 2011
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It was true... It is a tender and moving film. One of those films that left you thinking and while doing this, you keep discovering delicate details that fill the whole idea of the film with a beautiful sense of purpose. The purpose of telling a story, the purpose of discovering the beauty of a place and the purpose of identifying in the characters a little bit of yourself.
Beautiful photography. Beautiful music. Great acting by everyone. Wacky and colourful sense of humour.
Well done Marc Evans and everyone acting in the film. Wonderful work. Thank you!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Peter on 24 Feb. 2012
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This film does ask the viewer to make some quite large leaps of faith in the script however with a little patience you will be rewarded with a film that tackles issues of identity and belonging, love and betrayal and perhaps one of the most difficult themes to touch our lives, forgiveness ...... of ourselves and others.

I have spent some time in South America and I'm familiar with the close ties with Europe that are only 3 or 4 generations old and the conflict of belonging to two cultures at the same time and the process of letting go of the past and embracing the present. I think of all the immigration that is taking place in the UK at the moment and the difficulties many people must experience living in a different culture. Of course, so many immigrants leave their homes and families in search of a better life in distant lands only to discover that their imagination of a new life and the reality are very often poles apart.
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