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Santoalla is a movie starring Margo Verfondern, Martin Verfondern, and Manolo Rodríguez. A Dutch couple, Martin and Margo Verfondern, move to a remote Spanish village of Santoalla to start a new life. There is conflict with the...

Running Time
1 hours 23 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Mystery, Documentary
Andrew Becker, Daniel Mehrer
Margo Verfondern, Manolo Rodríguez, Martin Verfondern, Jovita Rodríguez
Spain, USA
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

Progressive Dutch couple, Martin Verfondern and Margo Pool, had only one dream - to live off the land, far from the constraints and complications of the city. But, when they arrive in the crumbling, Spanish village of Santoalla, the foreigners challenge the traditions of the town's sole remaining family, igniting a decade-long conflict that culminates in Martin's mysterious disappearance. As this once forgotten landscape is thrust into the center of controversy, Margo finds herself searching not only for answers, but for the strength to persevere.

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I had never heard of Salvador Berto. He made his name as a writer in the 1990s with a series of documentaries about the country's second civil war and, as I discovered, he was also an amateur photographer. Now, after reading the story of this young man's journey, I see how he has achieved a form of greatness in the most difficult times of his life. The film traces his own journey to Italy. It begins in the early 90s, when Berto's father is murdered. The only thing we know of him is that he was a collector of antique art. This is when he became a good friend of the "art collector" Fondi, and in a way that made his father's death seem like a tragic accident. Berto is now a young adult and is in Rome with Fondi and his wife Ana, while he looks for work. At first, he does not know anything about Italy. He is neither an Italian citizen nor a tourist. He does not speak a word of Italian, but the people he meets are able to communicate with him through Italian, Spanish or French. This allows him to learn the language. He lives a lonely life. His only connection is to the language he speaks, and it seems that he has come to know all the most important parts of the country's history. This in turn opens up his eyes to other cultures and thus allows him to think about the country's social order. It is not always easy to see and understand the world. Berto and Ana have their ups and downs, but Berto's determination in life shines through. It is easy to see that he has been searching for a way to express himself, but that is the only way he can express himself. It is also easy to see that he has been deeply touched by the beauty of Rome. It is hard to imagine how many times he has taken photographs of it. This film is not only an insight into his journey, but also a look at the beauty of the country's architecture, which is mostly historical. Berto's desire to go to Italy to take pictures also connects with his later desire to help rebuild it. He has also chosen to move to Rome. He says that he has taken pictures in two different countries, because he is always attracted to places where people are struggling and where things look different. One thing that I think that is very important to this story is the need to be alone. Berto is by nature introverted and withdrawn. It is not easy for him to express his feelings, but he has found a way to cope with the solitude. He has a sense of humour. He also feels that he is lost, and he looks for companionship and friends. We see him talking to Ana in the restaurant and he tries to get her to drink his wine, which he believes is meant to restore her health. He is also a writer, and he often tells the story of the murder of his father. He is not interested in finding the perpetrator, but he is interested in finding out who he is. This in turn makes him unable to express his feelings to Ana, and the film is a challenge for him. It is obvious that he is troubled. He is also very shy. There are two moments in which we see him cry, which was perhaps the hardest scene for him. When Ana falls ill, he thinks that it is because she

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Wayne F.

This is the most important documentary I've seen about this and other deaths of famous artists in Argentina. My conclusion is that if you're a fan of pop music, this film is a must. You'll love it, but you won't forget it!

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Margaret F.

I went to watch the movie without any expectation and had no idea what to expect. I ended up being very impressed by the movie. It is very well shot. The story and characters are well thought out and believable. The movie has a balance of drama, comedy, horror and romance. This is not a movie for the less intelligent, but a movie that I would recommend. It has many lessons to be learned and should be watched by everyone, especially those who believe in life, as it is not about fighting, it is about the heart. Watch the movie and learn.

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Julia B.

This documentary from the Philippines about the mysterious death of one of its most prominent film critics is one of the more thought-provoking documentaries of the last decade. It's a story of a personal battle to find the truth and a determination to get the facts straight. David Healy, the man known as the Googie critic, died of a heart attack in October 2008 at the age of 70. His wife Tawny Bird, an American citizen, claims that his death was caused by complications from a routine surgery. A Canadian documentary film-maker, Bruce Conejos, went to the Philippines to investigate the facts and arrive at a conclusion. Healy's death was never properly explained, and Bird, and her daughter, were never able to properly explain their actions. The mystery surrounding the circumstances of his death has hung over the Philippines for some time now. This documentary shows how the many layers of the mystery are slowly being unraveled. It starts with Bird's claim that Shelly suffered a stroke, and was subsequently declared brain-dead by her family. And this is a rather surprising claim. There is no record of an unconfirmed stroke, and Bird, who has visited the Philippines several times, says she has never had any problems with the heart. The documentary also shows how Tawny was never able to explain the fact that Shelly was declared brain-dead, and she never had the opportunity to meet him after his death. And the most damaging thing of all was that Shelly's family never even received a letter from the Canadian government apologizing for the death. I don't think anyone who is interested in finding the truth in any case should miss this documentary.

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If you are a foreign film fan and you are thinking about seeing "Tati" you better go and see it. "Tati" is a simple and powerful film about an unforgettable personal event. A person I never knew, a young person who never grew up, a young person who was loved and who found love. That's all this film is. It is a story about the great beauty of a young girl, a story about the old and the death of the old and the journey of love, friendship, death, and resurrection. I'm glad that I got the opportunity to see it. Thanks for reading. Je me reeze. :)

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Julie Contreras

As a Salvadoran living in Madrid, I have felt for years the resentment and confusion that the world's current policy toward my country is producing. Spain's attitude toward Salvadoran refugees is the real tragedy of our times. Although Spain is the country with the most refugees of all, it is not a country that is willing to assist these unfortunate individuals who cannot defend themselves. In Spain, it is very difficult to meet asylum-seekers who have been imprisoned for many years or are in danger of imprisonment, while, in Spain, they are welcomed by our law enforcement agencies. This is a great injustice. I ask you to do everything you can to help our people. I can not say more than this. If you would like to share this message with others, please write to me. Thank you. Sergio Sanchez.

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Jane L.

Some of you have told me that this is not true. But I don't think it is. I do not believe that my native language has not got a copy of this great documentary, and I believe that I know a great deal about "Cinema Oriental" that the public and even the people who wrote this article don't know. For a few weeks now I've been following this journey of movie-lovers and cameramen as they made this adventure. I have a clear vision of what's in the future of cinema. I think that there are some people in the world who are going to see a cinema and the film as good as the people who have watched it. And I think that it will be like this, and it will be the beginning of the end of film-making in the developed world. But I don't know what it is about the future, or what it is about the natives of New Guinea. There are a lot of things that I do not know. But I do know that the people who are doing the work of the documentary, the people who have made this documentary, and the people who write the articles are trying to tell something about the future. And I think that this documentary is worth watching. The picture of the past is a kind of present and the picture of the future is a kind of past. The present is where we live, the future is where we live.

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Frances Armstrong

Watching a film by Pedro Almodovar, which has received so much critical acclaim and critical praise, is hard enough. I personally am a great fan of his work and am one of the few people who do not consider him to be a "cinephile" (meaning a person who sees all films). I am just wondering if this film is for you. The reasons I have found for it to be highly entertaining is that there are many plot holes, even more so in this one than in "Anomalisa", and the dialog is frequently extremely over the top, which makes the story just a little bit less clear than it could have been. I am not familiar with any other films by Almodovar, but this is certainly one of the more unique ones he has made and is worth a watch for it's unique style.

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This is a must see documentary. The director and all the scientists who participated in the research and that are being interviewed are great scientists who are doing this for the benefit of humanity. The interviewer is a retired astronomer who says, "If we don't care what the astronomers say, what is humanity to care about?" The scientist who was interviewed said he would rather see his family die than be part of a project that destroys life on earth. The interviewer is great and the interview is so well done that I'm watching it again right now. I'm so glad this is a great documentary that the main point of the documentary is so good that I can't wait to see it again. The acting was very good and you can see the scientists very personal story and how they feel about the project. I'm glad that this documentary is about how scientists feel and not about the actual scientists who were involved in the project. I would say to watch this documentary with your children and see how they feel about the project. This documentary is definitely for everyone who cares about life on earth and how we can improve the lives of the world.

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Anthony F.

What I was thinking about at the end of this movie was what a smart, well-constructed, thought-provoking, and well-executed documentary it is. As I'm sure you have read already, I think that this film is the most important thing that has ever been made about the tragic death of the Argentine/Brazilian exchange student, Julio Rivera. I'm sure you'll agree with me that there is a good deal of circumstantial evidence and witness testimony in this film that is so persuasive that it almost becomes sensational. The movie is a must-see for anyone interested in this tragic and fascinating story. My vote is 9.0/10

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I found this documentary to be both enlightening and entertaining. This film tells the story of Italian emigrant Amelio Agostini, who fled Mussolini's regime for Spain during World War II. It also tells the story of his wife and son, who are Italian citizens and who were interned in camps for the purposes of preserving the country's Jewish population. In the beginning of the film, it was the last time you hear the words "France" or "Italy." In the 1940s, the majority of Italians lived in Spain, and the emigrant community was French. But when the war ended, the Italians were rounded up and sent to Italy's fascist internment camps. But by the time they were all gone, there were hundreds of thousands of them. This film tells their story and is an important document of the history of emigration to and from the Axis. I found the film's ending interesting, which also included the story of the Italian government's and the camp's official line about what happened to the Jews. This made the ending of the film even more powerful.

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Daniel W.

I watched this film last night and to be honest, I was not looking forward to it at all. I thought it was a decent documentary about a man that was responsible for some of the worst acts of the Holocaust and it is a lot of people should be aware of the atrocities he committed. However, I am glad I watched it, because it gives a lot of details about him and his crime. I believe that the only film that can show what he went through during the Holocaust is this one. The other films are nothing compared to this one, which shows him committing some crimes, but these are not shown as anything that are so terrible that they would give you nightmares. The film is really well made, as the editing is very good and makes you feel like you are there with the man. I would recommend that anyone who is interested in the Holocaust watch this. I was very impressed.

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Justin A.

I loved this film so much that I would have probably enjoyed it even more if I had seen it before I had ever heard of JT Tollefsen. JT Tollefsen is a fascinating filmmaker, and this film is an excellent introduction to his work. I would definitely recommend this film for any audience who is interested in films of this genre, or even more so for fans of JT Tollefsen. The movie is extremely well made, and very interesting from start to finish. Although, the final 15 minutes do leave you feeling a little let down. I think that this was due to some somewhat unexpected plot points. The acting by the actors and actresses is also great. The music was also beautiful, and the ending was one of the most beautiful endings I've ever seen in a film. All in all, I would recommend this film to anyone who has a genuine interest in films of this type, and is not easily offended.

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Peter Wagner

The many overlooked war atrocities in the Indonesian province of East Timor was investigated by the BBC's Colin Henderson in 2002. There is a wonderful film made by Andrew Roberts and his team of reporters and historians, who visited the area in 2002 and then filmed on location during the 2002 UN investigations. It is a very long film, at nearly two and a half hours, but it is very compelling. The film was not very flattering towards the Government of Indonesia, but this is a very complicated issue, and it is important to hear from the side of the Indonesian Government. In the end, the BBC team, which included three people from Indonesia, two from Papua New Guinea, one from Papua New Guinea, and one from Papua New Guinea, spent some two years investigating the area and interviewing survivors and witnesses. In summary, it is an interesting film, with a lot of depth and argumentation. It has a lot of important evidence. The BBC team made a real effort to hear from witnesses, survivors, and many of the same witnesses, who were not interviewed by the BBC team, which, as I say, was very difficult. It was not a pretty picture. Many of the war crimes committed by the Indonesian military and other people were not fully investigated, and the BBC team made a real effort to try and get them included in their findings. At the end of the day, the BBC team documented some terrible events, and I think it was a good movie that raises a lot of questions about the Indonesian military in the Timor Province. I hope the BBC team has not been snubbed, and I think the film will be made available to the public, and the audience. I give it a 9/10.

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Nicole Riley

This movie has to be the most touching documentary that I have ever seen. The purpose of the film is to show how a community can come together to try and find the source of a strange noise that seems to emanate from the water. The film is very informative, the viewer will learn of what the witnesses to the incident have to say about it and what they were doing while it was occurring. The story line is very interesting and it makes you feel sorry for the people involved, it reminds you of how important it is to be in a community and the responsibility that each member of the community has. The documentary also shows that if you get involved with a community, it is very hard to let go. There is a point where the parents are the most responsible of all of the people and that point is where they are very angry. This movie has a lot of good messages about community, personal responsibility and how important it is to have a community that can help one another when something like this happens.

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Eric H.

I had heard a lot of good things about this documentary, and I finally saw it, after all the hype. I was disappointed. Although this film is pretty well done and informative, I didn't find it to be an in-depth look at the changing world of drugs. I mean, if it wasn't for the 80's and the story behind the drugs, it would've just been a regular documentary, just like all the other ones. It just doesn't really say anything new or interesting, and it definitely didn't make me want to research more into the drug world, and I don't think it would've helped me much to do that. The best part of the documentary was when they showed the three main characters talking about what their lives are like now. They seemed like they were normal people, not just drug addicts. So, overall, this documentary is worth seeing, but it is nothing special. The "drugs" are just a small part of their lives, and don't really seem important, so it's not as if it really changes anything. The documentary's ending was very sad, but I can understand that it was just their story that was sad. The fact that they went to jail doesn't really make them bad people. It just shows the injustice of drug laws, but it also shows the good things that they did before. I also think that the three main characters' parents were great, because they had so much to say and show about their lives. If the documentary was longer and more informative, they could've had more to say, but they ended it pretty fast. So, overall, this is a decent documentary, but not really worth seeing. I would recommend that you check it out if you like drug documentaries, or if you're a fan of the drugs. I'm not a big fan of drugs myself, but this is a good documentary to watch.

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Amber Garza

Culture shock, excess, and a vivid portrait of the perils of war's aftermath, the movie highlights the consequences of war for civilians and the men and women who suffer and die along the way. Set in Afghanistan and Iraq, the story is told in vivid detail, and features a powerful depiction of how war is a force of destruction and how difficult it can be to survive. The cinematography is extraordinary, depicting both the horrific conditions of war and the wonder of the landscape. The movie also includes interviews with soldiers, politicians, military planners, and diplomats, and describes the efforts of the US government and other countries to stop the spread of violence in Afghanistan. I thought the movie was excellent and highly recommend it.

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John Castillo

I came across this film by accident when it was first released and I was surprised to find out that it was based on a true story and not a Hollywood movie. The movie was shot in Portugal, the locations were absolutely stunning, but I was a little skeptical about it since I'm not a film critic. The documentary was really well done and I appreciated the way that the director was able to draw the audience in and tell his story. The one scene that I thought was really amazing was when the filmmaker explained the story and why the murder happened. It's really powerful. In my opinion, this film would be a really good viewing for anyone who loves a good crime-drama or thriller. Definitely worth watching.

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Julie Edwards

Santoalla is a documentary that portrays the work of the band, Nai Amar and their life as musicians in a village in São Paulo, Brazil. It begins with a short interview with director, Nai Amar and goes into the everyday lives of the band members and the role that music plays in their lives. Nai Amar goes into detail about the band members lives, including how they met, where they started and where they are now. The interviews go on and on and often get very emotional. I would have liked to have seen more of the band members but this film is worth a watch. The film is visually very well done and there is also a lot of action throughout the film. The band members in the film are extremely honest and passionate about their work. It is very inspiring to see that they are making music and that they really enjoy what they are doing. The film does a great job in telling the story of the band. It is a great way to see Nai Amar in action. Overall, the film is well done. It is a must see for fans of Nai Amar or anyone that is interested in the band. It is a really good film.

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Eric Gilbert

A piece of my childhood that I'd never seen since the time I was a child. It showed me how things were, how they were being dealt with. I can't say it's a great documentary, but I can say it's a documentary I'd like to see again. It's an old one, but it has the history. I don't know if there will be a next one.

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I really loved this film, it's a fascinating look into the subject of drug abuse. My favorite parts of the film are when the characters are talking about their experiences, and the most fascinating is when the other addicts are discussing their own experiences. The most amazing thing about this film is how intelligent it is. This film is as big as life, and it should be taken seriously. I strongly urge you to see this film.

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Debra W.

I loved the documentary, it's a real eye opener, the way the documentary was shot and the editing, well I think they did a great job of it. But, in general, the way it was edited, was quite amateurish. There are some really poor interviews, so you get the feeling that you are watching the same conversation that you have with everyone you know. It's also quite apparent that there is a small budget, a small budget at that. In other words, they did a great job of documenting a real event, and it looks like they got a lot of footage from actual cameras, but it all looks quite amateurish. It is also really sad to see how they really made a real impact on some people, like in the case of the Brazilian journalist who lost her husband to cancer. I thought the documentary was very, very interesting, but I also think that it's very misleading. It was quite misleading to have a documentary about an event that happened in the 60s, a few years ago, and then to have a documentary about it, again, years later, it's way out of date. The documentary is really a little bit over the top, and you could be forgiven for being a little bit taken out of the moment, for that reason, because the documentary is a little bit over the top. It's just not all that interesting. But, it's definitely not a bad documentary. I loved it, it was really amazing. The way it was edited was really great, but the style, was a little amateurish. I think it could have been a lot more professional, it could have been more edited, it would have been a better documentary, but it's still really interesting. I really, really loved the documentary, and it's definitely a documentary that I would recommend to anybody. It's really well done, it's a very good documentary, and it's a very interesting documentary. It's definitely a documentary that I would recommend.