The Desert (aka El Desierto), 2013
Directed by Christoph Behl
Starring Lautaro Delgado, Victoria Almeida, William Prociuk and Lucas Lagré
The failed story of a love triangle in a post-apocalyptic world.
Subverting the zombie genre by not having any zombie action in it, The Desert is a captivating, moving and downright brilliant character piece. Its slow methodical pace works perfectly and the film flows beautifully as Christoh Behl dives into the minds of three apocalypse survivors trapped between four walls.
Anyone who wants to make a zombie movie should watch The Desert as it’s a film that gets what the genre has always been about – the characters rather than the action. This may be one of the greatest zombie movies of all-time and it features little to no undead set pieces. Everything is told visually and the cinematography is first class.
The Desert is beautiful, touching, moving, gripping and simply outstanding. You’ll fall in love with these characters and its simple set-up will keep you engaged right up until the end and for the next few weeks. The term “masterpiece” is bounded around a lot as a form of hyperbole, but The Desert is one of those films where the word is justified in its use. The Desert is a masterpiece.
Luke Owen is one of Flickering Myth’s co-editors and the host of Flickering Myth’s Podcast Network. You can follow him on Twitter @LukeWritesStuff.