Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.
Mexico, 1960. Clasa Films Mundiales. Screenplay by Emilio Carballido, Roberto Gavaldon, based on the story The Third Guest by B. Traven. Cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa. Produced by Armando Orive Alba. Music by Raul Lavista. Production Design by Manuel Fontanals. Costume Design by Anita Jones. Film Editing by Gloria Schoemann.
Dreamy Mexican ghost story about an impoverished farmer who is tired of being unable to feed his children more than a few pieces of bread every day. After stealing a turkey, he sits down in the middle of the forest and is asked by three strangers to share it with them. After sharing it with the right mystical visitor, he is awarded a magical elixir which heals any ill person that it touches (provided the angel who gave it to him approves), and this suddenly makes him a very rich man. Deals with any kind of visitor from beyond aren’t always as sweet as they first seem, so the result is not exactly what our protagonist had hoped for. This beautifully photographed film was the first from Mexico to receive an Academy Award nomination.
Academy Award Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film
Cannes Film Festival: In Competition