Pipa is the weakest movie in the trilogy. But instead of only throwing adjectives, let’s break don’t why.
Pipa, A.K.A. Recurrence, is the third movie of the Manuela Pelari story. It takes place 10 years after the movie Perdida (2018).
Pipa is the weakest movie in this trilogy, and there are many reasons to make it so. Our job here is to contribute to a decent discussion, instead of being a dumb fuck and only calling something “woke” to disqualify it.
Since the dawn of the cinema with narratives, movies dealt with themes that exist in society. As examples, we can mention the 1901 Bluebeard, 1903 The Great Train Robbery, and of course, the 1915 The Birth of a Nation. Later we have films such as 1920 Way Down East and 1941 Citizen Kane. Not to mention the early Star Wars from the late 70s and early 80s.
Some only contain elements present in their societies, maybe even involuntarily. Others are willing social commentary, conveyed clearly or allegorically. I would as far as to claim that every movie has social undertones, intentionally or not.
Regardless of that, with every movie released nowadays, there’s a bunch of smartasses claiming it has too much of a liberal agenda or some bullshit like that in anything that contains the most basic shit they fell offended by.
If you think you’re very smart, edgy and special for calling everything containing brown people woke or liberal, think again. You’re just part of a very stupid and trendy group that hates everything that isn’t the mirror.
You’re not bothered because the movies or series contain social commentary. You’re bothered because it doesn’t praise the Klan, like The Birth of a Nation.
That being said, the most noticeable social theme present in Pipa is the oppression of the indigenous people.
We have the Carreras, a white bourgeois family that arrived at this Indigenous land decades ago, stole it and called it theirs. They used their money and stolen property to buy everyone in the region to be their puppets and fuck the indigenous population over.
So when this native girl, Samantha (played by Laura González), shows up dead, the bought-and-payed authorities are quick label it an accident and close the case. However, Pipa investigates it further, suspecting foul play.
At the same time, the police brutally arrested Nahuel Mananí (played by Misael Bautista), a leader of the indigenous community.
That makes two tense situations towards the indigenous people. The problem is that they’re disjointed. One doesn’t seem to tie to the other enough to be part of the same narrative. And the whole movie is like that.
The film has many unfilled gaps, not only during its own duration but also before and after it. For example, there are only hints of what happens in Pipa’s life between the movies Perdida and Pipa. She even has a son of around 10 that we don’t know anything about.
After the movie’s end, they leave us hanging with many more details. For example, the destiny of all the authorities who acted illegally to benefit the Carreras.
Actually, the whole closing of the movie was bad. It felt rushed. Like they had to finish it off, so they did it with a lousy showdown and a montage outro.
I like investigative films. I usually feel intrigued and curious about the outcome of the case, so that’s a positive point for Pipa in my book. Although many aspects of the investigation were predictable, I still felt entertained by it.
Another positive point for the movie is some characters and performances. The most noticeable in both aspects is Cruz Carreras, played by Aquiles Casabella. He’s an interesting and naïve character, with a nice evolution throughout the film.
I also liked Rufino (played by Mauricio Paniagua) and Aunt Alicia (played by Paulina García). Pipa’s son, Tobías, is an awful character. His only function is to be annoying, but the acting by Benjamin Del Cerro is okay, especially considering he’s still developing.
Despite the overall decent performances, the dialogue is not the best. Some lines are among the worst I have ever heard.
To finish it up, the score is awful. It’s bizarre, annoying and over distracting. Sometimes it even interferes with the dialogues, and even though the dialogue is bad, we have to hear it to understand the movie.
Pipa is not as good as anyone would want. It’s rushed, disconnected, and sometimes annoying. There are very few things to compliment. However, we need to criticize things in good faith and not be an idiot while thinking it’s being cool and edgy. I’ll give Pipa a 4!
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