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Patagonia [DVD]

Matthew Rhys , Marta Lubos , Marc Evans    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matthew Rhys, Marta Lubos, Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Nia Roberts, Duffy
  • Directors: Marc Evans
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Welsh, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Verve Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Run Time: 118 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004PWDHB8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,730 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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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Documentary, Interactive Menu, Making Of, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: 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. ...Patagonia (2010)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Welsh in Patagonia. 8 Nov 2011
By Bob Salter TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular and Inspirational. 13 April 2011
By drum
Format:DVD
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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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Loved It !! 31 Mar 2011
Format:DVD
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By T. S. C. VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watched this film with no preconceptions at all, because I didn't know a thing about it at all and had bought it as a birthday present. Sometimes the best things in life are like this, pleasant surprises that delight you and make you feel good inside, and this film definitely made me feel good and I am glad I bought it and glad I watched it.

It's a road movie with a difference; it's two connected stories, connected only in the sense that both stories are related to Wales and Welsh people. One story is the descendant of a Welsh settler to Patagonia going 'back home' to Wales, a country she's never been to before and with hardly any of the Welsh language at her grasp, and the other story is a Welsh couple going to explore the vastness of Patagonia which is a part of Argentina. In 1865 about 150 Welsh settlers left Wales, going from Liverpool, to start a new life in Patagonia to get away from the English subjugation (yes sadly that seems to have still been going on then) and the low wages of the coal mines. They wanted to find paradise in their new home, but did they? I think their descendants are doing well now but those early settlers had a struggle, a real struggle. Of such, legends are born.

The way both stories intertwine with each other is very clever, and both Wales and Patagonia never looked more beautiful; this is certainly the Welsh Tourist Board's dream I think! So, a little of the story, but not too much as it's worth seeing the film; the first involves an old lady and her neighbour's grandson(?) who decide to explore Wales to find the old farm that her mother left all those years back to come to Patagonia. They explore Wales by bus and meet various characters on their way, some nice and some crazy, as you'll see. In the end, the old lady never leaves Wales...
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable film - Inolvidable 22 July 2011
Format:DVD
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great achievement in lights. 21 Sep 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
worth a watch once you get used to subtitles
Published 13 days ago by sheena williams
1.0 out of 5 stars Not very good. Not Wales as I know it
Not very good. Not Wales as I know it. There are many Argentinians in Australia and none of them have heard of a Welsh colony there. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stuff up.
1.0 out of 5 stars Too long with a weak plot
This Welsh/Spanish language film is about an ex-pat born in Argentina wanting to go home for the last time before she dies and a photographer ( on a project to photograph and... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David H J Ashdown
5.0 out of 5 stars Wales and Argentina in parallel stories
One story follows Welsh characters photographing in Argentina, the other follows an Argentinian woman finding her mother's Welsh roots. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TimW
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing
Really couldn't watch much more than half of this implausible film. Storyline held promise but it failed to deliver. Could have been so different.
Published 4 months ago by Dr A Elislam & Mrs J. MacDonald
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD's jacket broken for Patagonia
The DVD's jacket arrive broken ... I don't know why. The jacket was not in a real good quality perhaps ?
Published 4 months ago by Caroff Mona
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Aching Hiraeth
Hiraeth is a very special Welsh word and only this nation has such a concept. Other nationalities may get homesick, but hiraeth is the love of the longing for home. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ms. E. Harries
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle and insightful
I thought I knew something of Welsh descendants in Patagonia but this story brought it to life. Marta Lubos gives a stunning performance in this gentle and heartwarming story.
Published 5 months ago by Liz Gardiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Wales and Patagonia....!
Loved this film, but much preferred the section about the lady going back to Wales to find her Grandmothers farm. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Graham P. Muschialli
4.0 out of 5 stars It forces you to sit down and just enjoy watching an interesting...
'Patagonia' is a film directed by Marc Evans, providing a unique
insight into two cultures that you wouldn't have ever considered to
co-exist. Read more
Published 7 months ago by dipesh parmar
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