La Chimera (2023)


Sioux Falls State Theatre Wed, May 15 7:00 PM
Sioux Falls State Theatre Sat, May 18 5:30 PM
Film Info
Release Year:2023
Runtime:2h 10m (130 min)
Production Country:France
Original Langauge:English
Format:2K DCP
Assistive Moviegoing:Open Captions
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Alice Rohrwacher
Cast:Josh O'Connor
Carol Duarte
Alba Rohrwacher
Isabella Rossellini
Vincenzo Nemolato
Screenwriter:Alice Rohrwacher



Everyone has their own Chimera, something they try to achieve but never manage to find. For the band of tombaroli, thieves of ancient grave goods and archaeological wonders, the Chimera means redemption from work and the dream of easy wealth. For Arthur, the Chimera looks like the woman he lost, Beniamina. To find her, Arthur challenges the invisible, searches everywhere, goes inside the earth -- in search of the door to the afterlife of which myths speak. In an adventurous journey between the living and the dead, between forests and cities, between celebrations and solitudes, the intertwined destinies of these characters unfold, all in search of the Chimera.

Score: 4.0


"If La Chimera is a wild, improbable pursuit, this marvelous and magical tale by Alice Rochrwacher is the pie in the sky to behold."
Rotten Tomatoes

"La Chimera is a film that utterly occupies its own fictional space; it expresses its eccentric romance in its own fluent movie dialect. I was utterly captivated by this sad, lovelorn adventure."
The Guardian

"La Chimera is a pictorial delight to luxuriate in, as it is a philosophical wonder on the unknowability of time. The earth belongs to the past and the future, this miracle of a film quietly suggests. We just live in it."
The Wrap

"As with her other works, La Chimera is a gift of a film, a philosophically stimulating piece of cinema that has the rare capacity to genuinely transform the way we look at the world."
The Playlist

"Rohrwacher makes movies you sink into rather than watch dispassionately, taking time to establish the milieu as her characters and stories reveal themselves in layers."
The Hollywood Reporter

"Mournful yet exuberant, “La Chimera” is a towering work of art presented with the unassuming invitation of a warming summer morning."
Los Angeles Times

"This film is clever, ambitious, and funny throughout, but it also works as an intelligent meditation on our attitudes toward life, love, and death."