Filmed almost entirely in Spanish and the native languages of Latin America, John Sayles' film is an interesting but essentially flawed attempt to come to terms with the nightmare of life in the region's remote areas. In the capital city of an
unnamed country, Dr. Fuentes (Frederico Luppi), an ailing, elderly physician, sets out to visit those former students who took part in "the program" -- a government-funded health project designed to train young doctors to live and work in the country's impoverished mountain villages. But it's
clear at the outset that something has gone terribly wrong: Fuentes learns that the doctor sent to live among the sugarcane farmers in ...