7.3/10 (IMDB)

La Chimera

2h 11m Drama
La Chimera
La Chimera


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.


Alice Rohrwacher


Josh O'Connor, Carol Duarte, Vincenzo Nemolato


Not Rated




Italy, France, Switzerland


Italian, English

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  • "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."
    - The Guardian
  • "LA CHIMERA is a pictorial delight to luxuriate in, as it is a philosophical wonder on the unknowability of time. The earth belongs to the past and the future, this miracle of a film quietly suggests. We just live in it."
    - TheWrap
  • "As with her other works, LA CHIMERA is a gift of a film, a philosophically stimulating piece of cinema that has the rare capacity to genuinely transform the way we look at the world."
    - The Playlist
  • "[Rohrwacher] offers all her earthly and otherworldly preoccupations in scattered, bejeweled fragments, for us to gather and assemble and interpret — and doesn’t much mind if some pieces stay buried."
    - Variety
  • "Rohrwacher makes movies you sink into rather than watch dispassionately, taking time to establish the milieu as her characters and stories reveal themselves in layers."
    - The Hollywood Reporter
  • "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."
    - IndieWire


  • Chicago Int'l Film Festival
  • São Paulo Int'l Film Festival
  • Vancouver Int'l Film Festival
  • European Film Awards
  • Festival Cinéma Méditerranéen de Bruxelles


  • Cannes Film Festival
  • Toronto Int'l Film Festival
  • Int'l Film Festival Rotterdam
  • New Zealand Int'l Film Festival
  • Riga Int'l Film Festival
  • Hawai'i Int'l Film Festival
  • Riga Int'l Film Festiva
  • Thessaloniki Int'l Film Festival
  • Singapore Int'l Film Festival
  • Jerusalem Film Festival
  • Telluride Film Festival
  • and more...