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Patagonia Review

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Thirtysomething photographer Rhys (Gravelle) and his girlfriend Gwen (Roberts) travel from Wales to Argentina to snap churches and spend some quality time together. When their guide (Rhys) takes a shine to Gwen though, things get complicated.

★★★★

Marc Evans has quietly become one of Britain’s most rewarding filmmakers. After 2006’s underseen but lovely Snow Cake, this is a story of love and memory lost and found, set both in Wales and the titular Argentinean region, settled by the Welsh in 1865 and still Cymraeg-speaking. As a photographer (Matthew Gravelle) snaps remote churches with his girlfriend (Nia Roberts) and the guide (Matthew Rhys) who obviously desires her, back in Wales an Argentinean pensioner (Marta Lubos) seeks to find her mother’s childhood home, with the help of her guileless neighbour (Nahuel Pérez Biscayart). Beautifully shot by Robbie Ryan (Fish Tank), with unaffected performances and an intelligent score, it’s a tender, quietly funny film about the power of the past and the possibilities of forgiveness.

Well worth searching out, Marc Evans' latest is a quiet gem.

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