‘Soul’ finds good allegory for grief, but gets tangled up in mythological exaggeration

2022/11/02

The story shows two friends who are very affected by the loss of the girl they were a trio for, they get together on a bus trip that has a tragic fate. An accident occurs on top of a mountain that instantly kills almost all the passengers. Then, the veil that separates the world of the living from the world of the dead falls for a minute and shows how safe we are not even existing on other planes. This is how we get to know the life of Alma (Mireia Oriol), a young woman who tries to overcome death and finds herself facing a second mourning. Alma forgets who she was, and the series puts her on a journey to recover her memory and at the same time discover why, after the accident, many strange things start to happen.

Soul

The script writer is Sérgio G. Sánchez, a professional of some hits such as: O Impossível (2012) and O Orfanato (2007). ‘Alma’ brings up issues of grief and spirituality, and the script has some apocalyptic elements to sustain a mythology, in a world building that flows along with the resolution of the mystery.

The series seeks in all its 9 episodes the balance between Alma’s journey and the unfolding of this world construction. The direction worked to make all the details of the mythological story understood, but couldn’t avoid the strangeness caused by an emotional sequence being broken with very poorly made appearances of demons and hauntings. But as every production also has its positive side, this one is no different.

What happens to the protagonist, makes the series gain dimension. The discourse of mourning is metaphorically established as an advantage. In the first chapter for example, there are some unfoldings showing the reflections of Alma and Deva in a very beautiful way, but not at all clear. But what awaits us in part of the resolution of this great mystery is more interesting and attractive than you can imagine.

Part 2 of the plot

Not everything in the film revolves around these issues of death, reincarnation, possession and other themes. Deprived of life and the normal process of death, the protagonist faces some of the relevant existential questions that make the narrative more beautiful.

Verdict

The film has its positive points mentioned in this article, but unfortunately it decides to embrace a mixed apocalyptic and mythological plot, which hides the grandiose meanings of the narrative. We hope that the ‘Alma’ series returns understanding the ‘strength of your spirit’.

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Top 3 Western Films

Beginning in the 1940s, the western genre has taken over cinema for over 30 years. Even today, the genre has many fans all over the world. That’s why I’m going to show you a list for you to watch on the free Youcine app.

  • The Revenant(2015)
  • Dance of the Wolves (1990)
  • Django Unchained (2012)

1. The Return (2015)

Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio) heads to the American West to earn money hunting. Attacked by a bear, he is seriously injured and left to fend for himself by partner John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), who still steals his belongings. However, despite all adversity, Glass manages to survive and begins an arduous journey in search of revenge.

The Return (2015)

2. Dance of the Wolves (1990)

John Dumbar puts into practice a war strategy that includes a non-violent approach to Sioux Indians. In this difficult period of the American Civil War, the natives find the friendship between the soldier and a wolf curious.

3. Django Unchained (2012)

Django (Jamie Foxx) is a freed slave whose brutal past with his former owners leads him to meet German bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz (Christoph Waltz). Schultz is on the hunt for the murderous Brittle brothers, and only Django can lead him to them. The unorthodox Schultz buys Django with a promise to free him when he has captured the Britle brothers.

Upon succeeding in carrying out his plan, Schultz releases Django, although the two men decide to continue walking together. This time, Schultz seeks out the most dangerous criminals in the southern United States with the help of Django. Gifted with a gifted hunter, Django’s primary objective is to find and rescue Broomhilda (Kerry Washington), his wife, whom he hasn’t seen since she was acquired by other owners a long time ago.

Django Unchained (2012)

Django and Schultz’s search leads them to Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio), the owner of “Candyland”, a plantation famous for trainer Ace Woody, who trains the slaves there for fighting. While exploring the place with false identities, Django and Schultz catch the attention of Stephen (Samuel L. Jackson), Candie’s trusted slave. The movements of the two begin to be tracked, and a dangerous organization closes the siege around them. For Django and Schultz to escape with Broomhilda, they will have to choose between sacrifice and survival.

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