Quotes from the Press


Audience Response

“Riveting!”- San Francisco Chronicle

“Gorgeous!”- Women’s Channel, Canada

“Beguiling!” - San Francisco Weekly

Gosling and Osborne...bring great enthusiasm to their subject...It's easy to be seduced by this film's warm-hearted...vision.” - New York Times

*Critic's Pick: Instead of the usual endless array of talking heads, we get a truly immersive peek into the lives of these unique people. - New York Magazine

“Engaging tube fare.” - Variety

“Wonderfully organic. Recommended.” - Kelly Vance, The Express

“A great masterpiece of my people.” - Miguel Orozco-Delgado, Zapotec

“Very cool movie!” - John Sayles, Director

“A feel-good film of the highest order!” - The East Bay Monthly

A profoundly pleasurable experience. - Critic’s Choice. Patrick Sullivan, North Bay Bohemian, Sonoma, California

A perfect introduction to the best that Mexico has to offer. This awesome film blasts the stereotypes away. - Film Nuts

Blossoms of Fire, a film of immersion into a culture that has kept its soul, proves that Mexico is not the monolith of pain, passion and poverty so often codified for American consumption by the border, NAFTA, the PAN/PRI struggle and the corrosive problems of Mexico City...The film is a lush bouquet of women, young and old. - David Elliot, San Diego Union Tribune

*** (out of 4) “After applauding her for sharing this obvious labor of love, clap again for her rich use of 16mm film, the once popular documentary film format now nearly extinct with the advent of digital video.” - John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

Exuberantly upbeat...A socialist realist travelogue in the style of a latter-day Orson Welles, with the philosophy of a feminist Hemingway and the palette of the great muralist Diego Rivera. The film is almost drunk with color, as if its glorious reds were a visual Prozac to ward away the blues. - Bay Area Reporter

The most impressive thing is the smoothness with which it unfolds. (Gosling's) magical (editing) touch is sorely needed as she moves from economic issues to party politics to gays and lesbian themes to the struggle to preserve the Zapotec language. - The Nation

*** Blossoms of Fire convinces you that the Zapotecs are accustomed to having a say in how to live their lives, and they're not about it give it up. - AM New York