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  • Summary: Blossoms of Fire is a dazzling, whirling dance of a film that celebrates the extraordinary lives of the Isthmus Zapotecs of southern Oaxaca, Mexico. (New Yorker Films)
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  1. Blossoms of Fire fulfills the first criterion of any good ethnographic study: It's about an inherently interesting subject.
  2. A bright, amiable chronicle of the vivid lives of the women of Juchitán.
  3. It's easy to be seduced by this film's warmhearted, if slightly utopian, vision.
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    Ethnographic segments about the natives' daily life are bridged by expressive folk songs, though the film digresses to consider colonialism, homosexuality, and the effects of globalization on indigenous cultures. Gosling's schoolmarmish narration betrays the filmmakers' awestruck naivete toward the culture, which they seem to consider some sort of matriarchal utopia.
  5. Reviewed by: Phyllis Fong
    Backed by folk songs and swirling shots of fiestas and markets, Blossoms is feel-good tourism but by its own bounds only woolly anthropology.
  6. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Results at times seem as much p.c. travelogue as serious docu inquiry.
  7. Reviewed by: Phil Hall
    Obviously, this is one subject which may not seem to require the attention of documentary filmmakers.

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  1. VeronicaB.
    Jan 25, 2007
    This is a great movie, that shows the reality of life in Southern Mexico. Perhaps for people with low knowledge of Mexican culture wouldn't appreciate what the movie has to offer. I enjoyed every bit of it - the music, the way they present the 'plazas', the great culture this people have; their love and respect for their culture and traditions. Expand