BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths

I have watched this movie once. This was on .


An acclaimed journalist-turned-documentarian goes on an oneiric introspective journey to reconcile with the past, the present and his Mexican identity.

Experience a state of mind.

BARDO, False Chronicle of a Handful of Truths


Wow, that was self-indulgent. The movie is all about grandeur and spectacle with long takes and scene-blending, time-warping meanderings.

Some sequences were mesmerising — from the mini-story and cinematography to the ideas and dialogue — whereas others were failures.

There is a rooftop discussion that reveals the movie's not-so-subtle subtext of the director's autobiography, reviewing the chronicles we’ve just watched. How self-obsessed must you be to make a movie about yourself and even reference how absurd making such a movie is!

The overarching theme is trying to reconcile his success and adulation by a country his native compatriots dislike while feeling conflicted about living in that country and abandoning his origins.

There is an interesting generational tug-of-war between wanting to provide a better life for your family and being true to your roots.

It is a demanding movie, one that I may not revisit, but is rewarding in the end.