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La Chimera

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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.


  • Josh O'Connor
  • Carol Duarte
  • Vincenzo Nemolato
  • Isabella Rossellini
  • Alba Rohrwacher
  • Lou Roy-Lecollinet
  • Giuliano Mantovani
  • Gian Piero Capretto
  • Melchiorre Pala
  • Ramona Fiorini

Atom User Reviews

4.0 out of 5


May 26, 2023

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.

Metacritic review by Peter Bradshaw
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
May 26, 2023

O’Connor’s exquisite performance seems to channel Harry Dean Stanton’s haunted turn in “Paris, Texas”; less wraith-like in its physicality, but similarly intangible, like a man being played by his own shadow.

David Ehrlich
May 26, 2023

The further down the film descends, the more transfixing its images tend to get, as if Rohrwacher and Louvart have teamed up on an archaeological dig for their own treasures of texture and light.

Metacritic review by Tim Robey
Tim Robey
The Telegraph