Panorama | Contemporary World Cinema
Jayro Bustamante’s film is an unflinching exploration of homophobia, religion, and their intersection in contemporary Guatemala. Middle-aged, successful, and married with children, Pablo (Juan Pablo Olyslager) is also gay; as the film opens, his family is reacting to the news with outrage. Things only get worse for our protagonist: he gets fired from his job and faces the prospect of losing his children unless he submits to conversion therapy…
Angry, aurally dense, and visually arresting, this is a film that condemns homophobia by making you feel its effects: Bustamante and his crew use imagery and sonic texture to express the anguish Pablo has to face, and they show us how the crisis ripples outwards from him as well. Despite the pain it portrays, and expresses, Temblores is a captivating, even spellbinding experience; its makers use all the resources at their disposal to portray one man’s plight at the hands of bigotry.
"Bustamante’s command of visual and sonic texture… bewitches." - Guy Lodge, Variety
Best Emerging Filmmaker, Minneapolis 19