Vendrá la muerte y tendrá tus ojos

Death Will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes
José Luis Torres Leiva
Chile, Argentinien, D 2019
93 min

Ein Gedicht von Cesare Pavese gibt diesem Film seinen Titel. Ana und Maria sind schon lange ein Paar. Dann tritt der Tod in das Leben der Frauen. Die eine wird er holen, die andere wird zurückbleiben. In einer Hütte im Wald verbringen die beiden nun die ihnen miteinander verbleibende Zeit. Geredet wird nicht viel; es sind die Gesten, Blicke, Berührungen, die auf eine geradezu zärtliche Weise von der gewaltigen Erschütterung des nahenden Endes erzählen. In allem liegt der Abschied, der alles tiefer, schwerer und größer werden lässt: die Fürsorge, die Verzweiflung, den Schmerz – vor allem aber die Liebe. Atmen – Innehalten – Weiteratmen. Sterben, allein sein. (Alexandra Seitz)


Ana and María have been a couple for decades, it’s never stated, but it doesn’t have to be, you see it in how their bodies fit together, the way they look at each other, their sense of ease. It’s never stated what disease María has been diagnosed with either, but it doesn’t have to be, you see it in Ana’s eyes and her own ones as well, you hear it in her voice, in the words she speaks in the garden, “they’ve come, they invade the blood, they smell like feathers, like scarcity, like tears.” Its progression is inexorable, but there’s little talk of that too, little talk in general in fact, as the apartment is packed up and the couple move to the house in the country, it’s more about faces, gazes, touches and tenderness, silences and shifts in light, with only the occasional outburst along the way. There’s still time enough for stories to be told and they appear on screen when they are, although the characters speak with the voices of Ana or María, other couplings whose fates don’t so much mirror theirs as suggest commonalities, feelings or yearnings that could belong to past or future, to their relationship or others. The way it happens is different, but the result is the same, just as all-consuming, just as brutal: one moment you are together, the next you are not. (James Lattimer)


  • Amparo Noguera - Ana
  • Julieta Figueroa - Maria
  • Nona Fernández
  • Naldy Hernández
  • Belén Herrera
  • José Luis Torres Leiva
  • Christian Soto
  • Nahuel Palenque
  • Claudio Vargas
  • José Luis Torres Leiva
  • Andrea Chignoli
Globo Rojo Films, Constanza Sanz Films, Autentika Films

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