"Thoroughly engrossing! A triumph!"
"Impeccably Elegant [&] quietly devastating. Vega's mastery of old-school arthouse technique is impressive."
– The Hollywood Reporter,
"Evocative! William Vega's first feature is the latest in an impressive string of Colombian arthouse films."
– Screen Daily,
Alicia is helpless. War memories invade her mind like threatening thunder. Uprooted by the armed conflict, she tries to reshape her life in La Sirga, a dilapidated hostel on the shores of a great lake in the highlands of the Andes. There, on a swampy and murky beach, she will try to settle down until her fears and the threat of war resurface again.
Jackieinmpls - Customer Review
Beautifully written, directed and acted. It is slower-paced (and I mean that is a nice way) than the frantic American techno-garp that we are fed a constant diet of. Enjoyed watching something that wasn't 'formula driven' which created a suspense I am not used to.
Paul Allaer - Customer Review
La Sirga" (2012 release from Colombia; 90 min.) brings the story of Alicia, a young woman who has just fled from her village which was burnt down, and ending up in a remote part of the Andean wetlands of Colombia at her uncle's. Her uncle manages an inn called "La Sirga" but it is run down and needs serious repair before the upcoming tourist season. Her uncle reminds her that "life is hard here" but Alicia chips in without complaint. She meets Mirichis, a local boy who takes a liking to her. Then, about midway into the movie, out of nowhere shows up Freddy, the uncle's long lost son who might've been "swalloped by the mountains". To tell you more of the plot would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. Several comments: this movie proceeds at a snail's pace, and I mean that as a compliment. Writer-director William Vega just let the scenes unfold, taking his time and letting us taking in the beauty of it all, and in fact showcasing the beauty of modesty. Indeed, these lives are played out in utter modesty, and hardship too. The scenery of the movie, set in the wetlands of the Andean, is nothing short of astonishing and is eye-candy from start to finish. Also, Joghis Seudin Arias as Alicia brings a world performance. The DVD comes with a number of extras, including a look behind the scenes of the making, but even better, a 14 min. short called "Simiente", also from director Vega, which was the original inspiration of "La Sirga". Bottom line: this is MILES away from your standard Hollywood fare, but oh so rewarding. "La Sirga" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
JeffinSeattle - Customer Review
La Sirga is a work of art! A woman escapes from the rages of war to live with her uncle. She then starts improving and beautifying the home. Her efforts to lure the tourists werre stymied because tourists sees Columbia as a country of violence.
Len - Customer Review
Extremely sloow. Tender story. Watched first hour on regular speed, fast forwarded the rest.