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Higuita: The Way of the Scorpion

By Jose Solis, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Fascinating sports docu has language, drug-related violence.

Movie NR 2023 100 minutes
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At a time when most of the films about Colombia are about drug trafficking and true crime figures, it's refreshing to see a documentary that celebrates one of its most prominent sports icons. Higuita: The Way of the Scorpion centers on the famed goalkeeper René Higuita and how his idiosyncrasies on the field helped change the sport while turning him into a legend.

Director Luis Ara beautifully balances the talking heads who celebrate Higuita's influence while using historical footage and in-depth, honest commentary from Higuita himself about the more controversial aspects of his life. His involvement in the rescue of a little girl who had been kidnapped alone would warrant a film of its own. The film challenges the notion that Colombian stories can only be about drug trafficking, while showcasing an unlikely hero whose greatest superpower is being his authentic self.

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