Bless Me Ultima is an outstanding period piece featuring exceptional cinematography and gorgeous scenery. Writer/director Carl Franklin ( One True Thing) literally transports you to a time and place decades ago and to a people living simple lives. In New Mexico, Mexican Americans are struggling — as all families did in a country recovering from World War II and a crippling depression — to make a decent living.
Franklin’s film patiently pours through mysticism, religious conflicts, personal conflicts, local power struggles, life and death, murder and healing as seen through the eyes of a child.
This is an exceptionally beautiful and deep movie.