- Rated: PG-13
- Run Time: 1 hours, 46 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 17, 2013
- Originally Released: 2013
- Label: Sony Pictures
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, Spanish
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, Spanish
- Subtitles - English, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Los Angeles Times - 02/21/2013
"A deeply satisfying feat of storytelling....It combines innocence and experience, the darkness and wonder of life, in a way that is not easy to categorize but a rich pleasure to watch."
Hollywood Reporter - 02/21/2013
"[I]ts fidelity to the spirit of the novel is impressive."
A.V. Club - 02/21/2013
"BLESS ME, ULTIMA is special because it's about this boy, in this time and place, where his peers and elders are rushing to label him before he can forge his own identity."
Chicago Sun-Times - 02/20/2013
4 stars out of 4 -- "It is patient and in no hurry. It allows a balanced eye for the people in its hero's family who tug him one way and another."
Director Carl Franklin (ONE FALSE MOVE, DEVIL IN A BLUE DRESS) helmed this adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's controversial novel about a young boy and the enigmatic healer who opens his eyes to the wonders of the spiritual realm. New Mexico: the early '40s. As the entire world is plunged into war for a second time, Antonio Márez (Luke Ganalon) grapples with the harsh realities all around him. His life is forever changed by the sudden arrival of Ultima (Miriam Colon), a woman with supernatural healing powers, who has come to his family on a mission of kindness. As Ultima inspires Antonio to question authority and see the world from a new perspective, the young boy witnesses a series of seemingly impossible events that have a profound impact on his concepts of divinity and fate.
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