★★★★ – Irish Times
In their documentary debut Christine Molloy and Joe Lawlor take as their point of departure the compelling 18th Century figure Ambrose O’Higgins (father of Bernardo O’Higgins, the first leader of independent Chile) and attempt to retrace his remarkable journey from Ireland to Chile, visiting key locations in his life – a lake in Sligo, a field in Meath, the port of Cadiz, and the edge of a snow-covered mountain in the Andes – and speculate on the idea of place and what O’Higgins and his journey embodies. More playful, though no less assured, than their feature dramas Helen and Mister John, the directors delight in the adventure of the documentary process and have created an exploration of time and place which sparkles with curiosity and wit. (Notes by Sunniva O’Flynn.)
A Reel Art film funded by the Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon.
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