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El botón de nácar

El botón de nácar is a movie starring Martín Calderón, Cristina, and Patricio Guzmán. Delving into the nearly-religious significance of water, this profound rumination on memory and loss bridges the gap between its mystical origins,...

Other Titles
Pärlemorknappen, Secretul nasturelui de sidef, La memoria dell'acqua, Perlemorsknappen, Perłowy guzik, Το μαργαριταρένιο κουμπί, A gyöngyház gomb, 真珠のボタン, O Botão de Nácar, O Botão de Pérola, Le bouton de nacre, The Pearl Button, The Peral Button: Vannets mysterium, Der Perlmuttknopf
Running Time
1 hours 22 minutes
480p, 720p, 1080p, 2K, 4K
Patricio Guzmán
Patricio Guzmán
Cristina, Ema Malig, Martín Calderón, Patricio Guzmán
France, Spain, Switzerland, Chile
Audio Languages
English, Deutsch, Français, Italiano, Español, Svenska, Gaeilge, Nederlands
日本語, Čeština, Tiếng Việt, Português, 한국어, Australia, Filipino, हिन्दी

The ocean contains the history of all humanity. The sea holds all the voices of the earth and those that come from outer space. Water receives impetus from the stars and transmits it to living creatures. Water, the longest border in Chile, also holds the secret of two mysterious buttons which were found on its ocean floor. Chile, with its 2,670 miles of coastline and the largest archipelago in the world, presents a supernatural landscape. In it are volcanoes, mountains and glaciers. In it are the voices of the Patagonian Indigenous people, the first English sailors and also those of its political prisoners. Some say that water has memory. This film shows that it also has a voice.

Comments about documentary «El botón de nácar» (23)

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Terry L.

In one of the worst days I've ever seen my eyes tear in half, I can't remember when I was this upset by a film. The movie will haunt me for a long time. But I can tell you that it's something much deeper than a "slasher film" which was supposed to attract millions of viewers, I'm talking about "real" filmmaking, a tribute to true filmmakers, so far from Hollywood. Thanks for a great movie, i'll definitely watch it again.

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Christine Robertson

A virtual journey from old film to new. I knew nothing about the collection of films before I saw it. But what I had heard and read before, it suddenly touched me. The visions of the film makers in Spain, in their cinematographic techniques, the movie director Miguel. They told the story about the life and works of the film maker's father as if the film maker himself is the son, that this person is the son. Not by other people, but by the son. The title was "Ave Paule" as it's the same name of the film, so all the ideas they presented in the film were valid. I didn't see the film before because I knew nothing about it, and I have seen this film many times. I have never seen such a powerful and powerful film. What this film says about the film maker's fathers and how they related to their son are still powerful and I wish I could live like the father in the film.

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Amber C.

This is a very good documentary about the taxi workers and drivers in Madrid. The time spent on the story is very interesting. After seeing it, you can see how things are like for a taxi driver. It gives you a great insight into what it's like to work in the city and shows you the different kinds of jobs you can get to, from catering to cab drivers. The documentary was very informative and it made me curious about the different jobs that the taxi drivers have. For example, if you are the driver and you are at home, you're just a regular taxi driver who rides in the back of the taxi. But if you are driving in the city, you get to the city and your cab is supposed to have a meter. You're a driver and you get to charge people money. I was very impressed by this documentary and I recommend it to everyone.

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Nicholas C.

I have not watched the TV documentary before. The title (Brazilian film about highway workers) gave me the impression that it was going to be a depressing documentary about highway workers. It is not. In the second hour it starts to get real as I was reading the foreword and hearing the interviews. The people who are interviewed are not necessarily good or bad. Some are very courageous. The interviewees are good examples of how it can happen to people in real life. Some of the interviews could be even good. But the rest are just too dull. It's like watching two people talking about life in an empty place and listening to the stuff they say. As a documentary, it is good. As a portrait, it is good too. However, it does not come close to being a great documentary. To be honest, it is not "an eye-opener" or "the real story". It's the result of a film festival and the ones interviewed just liked it. I found it more interesting that reading the foreword and some interviews. The interviews are good and give you a better picture of life in the highway and their difficulties in daily life. The interviewees are in Brazil and are not professionals. Some of them are really normal people, others have high positions in their business. It's a representation of life, not a documentary. I don't think it is a waste of time. If you have nothing better to do, watch it. But don't expect to be impressed.

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Hulancho and Heliisa have become better people, but as a child they were poor, and to have become a rich couple is proof of their strength and success. In 'Naqueria' they talk about their last 20 years and about the problem of child prostitution in Cusco. To conclude, this movie is a magnificent study of a family in transition. It gives an interesting look at life in Peru. The music is good, and the time taken to make this film was the best. The dialogues are well written and the actors are perfect for their roles. The Cusco seems completely different, a land of vibrant life, but the picture shows that, even in the poorest places in the world there are more opportunities than problems. I'm glad to see that it is easier for the poor and working class to make a living in the 'New World' than the rich. Good work, and good memories.

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Tiffany P.

This film is an eye opener for anyone who has ever been to university, work in university or even just attended a lecture. It's about a woman's point of view and her private fight to break free of her oppression by a male culture that has evolved to support their self-image and self-glorification. This film is not just about sexual violence, it is about the ideas that get embedded in the way we think. This is about how the oppression of women and girls, and the success of this patriarchy, is part of a larger history. This is about how we keep on thinking that things are right when they are not. I cannot stress enough how beautiful this film is, and how it shows how people have their world view through the structures they have created. It is both enlightening and incredibly sad. The worst thing that could happen is that the world as we know it is gone. I would not recommend this film for anyone. Watch this film, but do not expect to change your mind.

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Daniel F.

If you are a person that has ever cared about animals, or wildlife in general, then you should definitely see this film. It is truly a great story, and could help inspire you to do a little research. As someone that is more of an animal lover, I found the movie to be very touching, and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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A documentary that explores the life of the artist Salvador Dali in his early years, until the age of 30. It also does a good job of showing the thought processes behind his creations, including his very specific fashion sense, and how his fear of getting it wrong came into play. The film is based on a story that was spun by the New Yorker writer Richard Brody in 1977. Dali, who didn't make any money off the film, had a few bites at the fame that he was so highly prized for, and in a way, it was his life's work that Dali produced. The film makes a good point that it would be foolish to try to piece Dali's life together, so you can imagine how it would be if he died of a drug overdose, or a stroke. The film also makes a good point that, like many artists, Dali's life had its ups and downs, and would be interesting to know more about Dali's background and his works. It is interesting to see how his life and art have shaped him and his family, and how Dali's brilliance has kept him in high regard from the very beginning.

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Helen Phillips

The director of the documentary, Marcelo Lopes, is a former TV journalist who has now become a filmmaker and a journalist. During his career he has published books on various subjects, including the works of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the former President of Brazil. He decided to do a documentary about Lula's personal life in 1996, and here we see, after more than a decade, the changes that have occurred, from what was a man who grew up in a poor, alcoholic family and in his personal life is now living a luxurious lifestyle, the crisis that has hit the Brazilian economy and has affected the country, the life of a politician and a family, the changes that has occurred in a new generation and the crisis that will affect their lives forever, and the important issues that will confront Brazil when Lula's second term is up in 2018. Marcelo Lopes does an excellent job and while it is a fascinating documentary, it is not a documentary about the President of Brazil, who was the subject of this documentary, but the crisis that has hit the country, the economy and the people. The film is clear and does not fall into the trap of presenting a lot of facts and, in the end, the film is over 10 years old. The film shows the past and the present, and while some things may have changed, the main theme is about the life of a country and how the country has been changed in the past years and will be changed in the future. This is a personal documentary that shows the growth of Lula and his family and the change that has happened to the country and how the government has changed since 1996. Marcelo Lopes does an excellent job at making an interesting documentary. The documentary focuses on the changes that have occurred in the life of Brazil. The director makes several appearances in the film and I was very impressed by the material he spoke of. He spoke of his family, his career, his work, his children and, especially, his wife, Paula Lopes. She is the main reason for his work as a documentary filmmaker. The film is not that much about Lula. The film is not that much about the government, nor is it about the economy. The film is about the effect that the crisis has had on the country and how Lula's presidency has affected the country. There are some emotional moments in the film and I would say that a great deal of emotions are generated by Lula and his family, but also by the economic crisis in Brazil and what has happened in Brazil since 1996. The film is well made and there are few slow parts in the film and that is a credit to the director. Overall, the film is an interesting and well made documentary that shows the changes that have happened in Brazil since the 1990s and how the crisis affected the country and the people. It is clear that this film has several qualities that make it well worth seeing. The documentary is well made and the material it focuses on is important, as it is clear that Lula is a complex person, who is capable of changing his life and that his wife has helped him do so. The documentary is also very well made and not that much has changed from the material the director brought to the table. The film is a good documentary and is well worth seeing.

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When I first heard about this film, I thought it was another one of those (and I'm sure many of you felt the same about it) where a topic is shown and discussed, in such a way that the audience is entertained, in hopes of contributing to the discussion. So I rented this movie, which I thought was about this topic. It was a great surprise. This is not a documentary, but a film about this topic that I did not know anything about, and I found out this subject is quite interesting. But since I did not know anything about the subject, and I think this should have been a documentary, I didn't want to criticize the film, so I enjoyed the movie. I think the idea of the movie is excellent. But, unfortunately, it was not a movie I could stand. I enjoyed it because it was a movie, but I didn't like the subject. So, I don't recommend this movie, except to those who like this topic, and it is well worth it. However, I'm giving it a 9 out of 10.

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Nowadays, in today's world, we are not guided by external organisations to do everything. So this is the idea of this documentary. For many, it was a great concept, to create a film about the game of baseball. I was happy to see some support of this documentary, and of course, I respect the spirit of it, that this is an independent film, that is also about the big prize, which is not that the ball, but the game itself. I think, that is a great film, and it is an inspiration. Also, I think, the team members were great. Because I have been a fan of baseball since a very young age. And in my opinion, they played a great part of this film, they played, with a tremendous work, and they tried to play and present baseball to the public, in a way, which is so close to real, that, in a way, they were great. It was also a good idea to have the interview of one of the players. He has been playing, since a very young age. It is really an amazing story, because he has been a great, young player. He has been a great ambassador of baseball to the public, and also, a great guy. I think, that this film, also helps to improve and bring back the game to the public. I think, this film, is important, and I really like it, and I am going to see it again, because it is a great film, and it is an inspiration. So, to see, is to love, and to see, is to love, and to love, is to love.

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Bruce C.

What is wrong with the rest of the film? What is wrong with the production? This documentary is so poorly done. It gives the impression that the director is either asleep or really doesn't want to do anything. His style of photography is awful. At times, you feel as if you are watching a film that was shot on a cellphone. You never really get a sense of what the director is trying to achieve. It is just an excuse for an actual horror movie. It is a shame that he didn't make more films, because I would have enjoyed them a lot more if he had. Another example of what is wrong with the production is the bad editing. The camera angle, the timing, the music, everything is so horribly edited and poorly done that it makes no sense at all. The performances are great and that is what the film really needs. A production that was out of the top 10, this documentary can't even make a notch. The director, producer and most of the crew needs to get their heads out of their asses and work on something real!

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Doris Ferguson

Well, I'm a fan of the Nederlands when they're not being dominated by other countries. This is not one of those documentaries which are mostly about military force. This documentary is more about the emotions of the Nederlands that their strength. It tells about the courage of the Dutch soldier, the heroism of a Dutch girl and a Dutch youth and the enduring spirit of the Dutch people. The documentary is also told by the Dutch guy who is fighting for his country. The film is very enjoyable and it's a must-see for anyone who is interested in the Dutch military and history. Well, for those who like the "facts" (which are there and they are always available in documentaries) this is a must-see. That's my review. -Dalpino

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Donald Spencer

This is probably the best documentary I've seen yet about the insane life and work of Andre de Guzman. I'll never forget this documentary, it's just a great film! It is extremely disturbing but never boring and I love it.

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Any fan of alternative music will appreciate this film. At times, it's hard to believe it's a documentary but it really is. It goes into the important music of the 60s and 70s, the events that led to the split between the band and the recording industry, and the legacy of bands like Queen, The Who, and Pink Floyd. There's an incredible amount of new information here that's relevant to today's music. There's a scene where a young band member is asked to describe the relationship between their music and their personal lives. He answers "Oh, it's as simple as that." This guy, it turns out, is also a brilliant musician. This is probably the most important aspect of the documentary. They don't try to be all things to all people. They don't try to speak for all people. They just tell their story in a non-biased way, with an important message. It's not perfect but it's the best I've seen on this subject and I'm glad they didn't just say "We were X and Y." and give you the names of the band members.

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Diana M.

In the beginning of "El botón de nácar", Francisco Casado states in his first and last words that this film will remain a secret until tomorrow, when the movie is to be released in theatres, not because he is afraid, but because he wants the audience to be able to make up their own mind about the topic of the film. I don't agree. I have seen "El botón de nácar" at the Puerto Banus' film festival, and I've enjoyed it thoroughly. It was filmed at night, in a vast abandoned lot. I'm really impressed by the city, the settings, and the actor's personalities. It's a really strong movie that should be seen by all who are interested in the place and the history of Puerto Banus. I highly recommend it.

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Theresa Valdez

I am not a very big fan of any type of film, but I am a big fan of true stories. I saw this film with an open mind and just to see what I would be looking at on the big screen. And what I got! This is an incredibly moving film. I am absolutely surprised to see how much this film has had a massive impact on this country. We were fortunate enough to be at the screening of this film. One of the first people in the theatre was a fellow military veteran. She said she had never left the theater after a film. I believe she was referring to this film, and to the many other films I have seen. This film is a testament to the impact that true stories can have on this country. After all, they are what make us who we are.

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Terry B.

I've just finished watching Cidade de Deus and I'm still looking at my watch. This movie goes deep into the realities of the riots in Rio de Janeiro, the problems that were part of the riots, the people and their lives, and it really takes you into the lives of these people. It's a beautiful film and is a must see for everyone. Also, this film is about finding one's roots, in a way, in the heart and the soul. The director, Fernandes, gives us an amazing visual experience with a wonderful soundtrack, and gives us the stories of many people who were involved in the riots in Rio, the directors and the people who were there to film it. I felt that the film was a lot of stories and many scenes, with these people and the stories were told in a very beautiful way. The film is very well made, well directed and very well written, it's very well made and has a very deep and complex story. The film is a must see, and if you can get a copy for the 2.00 bucks, it's definitely a must see, in my opinion. It is one of the best films I've seen in a very long time. It's a very deep and very deep film, and it shows how bad things are going for the black population in Rio de Janeiro. It is a must see for everyone who is interested in any way in film, or just like a good film.

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Dennis Watson

I never got the opportunity to see this film in the theater, but recently on Netflix I discovered it and decided to give it a try. And what a pleasant surprise it was. I thought it would be more about the technical aspects of filmmaking and its art, but it is more about how the craft is done in a real life setting. It is a great documentary that covers the technical aspects of film-making, its craft, and the human aspects of filmmaking. It is an intelligent movie that explores issues like the art of filmmaking and the struggle to make it work. I liked how it discussed the human side of film-making and the trade-offs it makes in order to achieve artistic goals. I was not expecting a great documentary and was pleasantly surprised with the depth and intensity it managed to give the topic. I highly recommend this film.

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Christina Gray

this is a very well made documentary. its gripping and passionate. i think the things that are most interesting about this documentary is the author's anger, and also his hope. when a man is trying to live a normal life, and he wants to have children and a family, he is driven by his desires, and his desire is to go back to how life was in Argentina, he is driven by the passion for his family, and he is in a constant state of anger. this is very true about how life was in Argentina, and i think the author's anger reflects some of the things that have been going on in Argentina since the last 40 years, and is very intense. all of the interviews are absolutely excellent, in addition to the passion, and the anger that is present in this film. the author also was frustrated about things happening in Argentina, but his anger was also honest and sincere. this film really gets a big positive rating, for the passion, and for the anger and anger that is present. but at the end of the day, the author himself, and the interviewer, who was in the film, had very good opinions of this film, and the author's anger was very honest. if you want to see an excellent documentary that is very well made, then this is the film to see.

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Michelle O.

Fulci's story is like a potpourri of the dark side of Madrid, as if some corners of the city were in the grip of some psycho (with a history of violent attacks on people of color) and an abundance of criminals, druglords and pushers. Fulci, or Juan, was a young architect who built a school in a neighborhood where drug deals were taking place. He was building this building on a site which was the old headquarters of the Union and other notorious mafia families. Soon after the school was completed, Juan was approached by a gangster named Mariano Menendez, a man who had a history of crimes. When Menendez was out to recover some money, his men were ambushed and shot. Juan, a weak man with not much strength, left his house with his family and called out for help. The family made their way to the nearest bus station, only to be confronted by the guards of the bus station, who were there to ensure the safe travel of the family and their money. When the family returned home, they were greeted by the police and a brief report by the doctor, who was the one who examined the family's daughter, who had been shot in the back. It was only a matter of time until the family, along with the neighborhood, was targeted by the local drug dealers, who were desperate to get their hands on the mother's daughter. The cops did nothing to try to help the family, and the gangsters came to retrieve the money from the bus station. One of the gangsters, a young man named Luis Menendez, made a phone call to his boss, the notorious Don Juan De la Vega, and ordered him to kidnap the mother and her daughter, and send them to Spain to do the boss' dirty work. What happened next was the result of the fatal miscalculation of all involved. The gangsters got their money and ran off to Spain, leaving the mom and daughter to be raised by the very people they had set out to do some harm to. The main characters in this story, the lady who was shot and the driver, came to have the rest of their life taken from them. As the title suggests, this story has many subplots, none of which are as important as the main one. The dad's disappearance, and the girl's arrest, are the key components of this story, and the latter is the most fascinating and vital. It is a story that begs for analysis and explanation, and many other interesting stories are connected to this one. Perhaps the most poignant subplot is the one of the mom's daughter who is a victim of the gunshot to the back. Fulci's wife, Mariela, is one of those who wants to know who this gunrunner is, but she is afraid to ask the wrong questions. At the very end, she realizes that the son is actually the son of the big drug dealer, who killed the dad and all the other victims. Perhaps it is a blessing that this story is now over, and all that remains is the mom and daughter, and some of the memories they have of their lives in Madrid. And that is enough for me.

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Crystal Payne

The official website is located at: It is a Spanish language site. There are other websites such as the one in French, German and Arabic which also tell the viewer what they have to do with this movie and the story. There are several people who have had contact with the Goa department of GOA, and it was the first official website created for the public to have access to the Department of Tourism. This site is one of the most important links, in my opinion, between the people of GOA and the people in the other departments. Some of the scenes are used in several other sites and some pictures and movies, including the Mexican version, were also used for the website. It's a very important site and I feel very thankful to all the people who put their energy into this project. It makes me very happy that the rest of the country knows about the Goa Department of Tourism.

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Larry Harrison

This movie is a must see for anyone who is into animal testing, especially at its last phase. These guys were involved in many good projects in this period of time. The only exception to this is the project called Pig Hunters, but even this was a big success, so this should not be overlooked.