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john_NP
sayles_NNS
'_"
"_"
men_NNS
with_IN
guns_NNS
"_"
is_BEZ
about_IN
what_WDT
happens_VBZ
to_IN
a_DT
society_NN
when_CS
brute_NN
force_NN
and_CC
constant_JJ
threat_NN
of_IN
violence_NN
are_BER
the_DT
only_RB
means_VBZ
of_IN
gaining_VBG
and_CC
maintaining_VBG
power_NN
._.
the_DT
film_NN
takes_VBZ
place_NN
in_IN
an_DT
unnamed_JJ
central_JJ
american_JJ
country_NN
,_,
where_CS
the_DT
men_NNS
with_IN
guns_NNS
are_BER
the_DT
rulers_NNS
._.
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
country_NN
is_BEZ
divided_VBN
into_IN
tiny_JJ
segments_NNS
-_-
some_DT
are_BER
controlled_VBN
by_IN
guerrillas_NNS
with_IN
guns_NNS
,_,
some_DT
are_BER
controlled_VBN
by_IN
army_NN
soldiers_NNS
with_IN
guns_NNS
,_,
and_CC
all_PDT
the_DT
spaces_NNS
in-between_IN
are_BER
controlled_JJ
by_IN
thieves_NNS
,_,
bandits_NNS
,_,
and_CC
terrorists_NNS
._.
all_PDT
people_NN
not_XNOT
fitting_VBG
one_CD
of_IN
those_DT
descriptions_NNS
are_BER
defined_VBN
only_RB
by_IN
their_PP$
powerlessness_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
like_IN
so_RB
many_DT
central_JJ
american_JJ
countries_NNS
,_,
this_DT
one_CD
also_RB
features_NNS
modernity_NN
._.
there_EX
is_BEZ
an_DT
unnamed_JJ
capital_NN
city_NN
that_CS
bears_NNS
all_RB
the_DT
hallmarks_NNS
of_IN
contemporary_JJ
civilization_NN
:_:
skyscrapers_NNS
,_,
hospitals_NNS
,_,
televisions_NNS
,_,
highways_NNS
,_,
etc_RB
._.
but_CC
,_,
it_PP
might_MD
as_RB
well_RB
be_BE
in_IN
another_DT
country_NN
because_CS
those_DT
who_WP
live_VB
in_IN
the_DT
comforts_NNS
of_IN
the_DT
city_NN
have_HV
either_RB
decided_VBN
to_IN
ignore_VB
the_DT
violence_NN
ravaging_VBG
the_DT
rest_NN
of_IN
the_DT
land_NN
,_,
or_CC
else_RB
they_PP
are_BER
simply_RB
ignorant_JJ
of_IN
it_PP
._.
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
main_JJ
character_NN
,_,
dr_NN
._.
fuentes_NNS
(_(
federico_NP
luppi_NP
)_)
falls_VBZ
into_IN
the_DT
latter_DT
category_NN
._.
one_CD
of_IN
his_PP$
patients_NNS
,_,
an_DT
army_NN
general_JJ
,_,
describes_VBZ
him_PP
as_IN
the_DT
most_DT
educated_JJ
man_NN
he_PP
has_HVZ
ever_RB
met_VBN
,_,
and_CC
also_RB
the_DT
most_DT
naive_JJ
._.
fuentes_NNS
is_BEZ
a_DT
true_JJ
liberal_JJ
,_,
a_DT
caring_NN
man_NN
who_WP
thinks_VBZ
he_PP
can_MD
cure_VB
the_DT
ills_NNS
of_IN
his_PP$
country_NN
by_IN
fighting_NN
bacteria_NNS
and_CC
ignorance_NN
among_IN
the_DT
indigenous_JJ
indians_NNS
._.
with_IN
government_NN
assistance_NN
,_,
he_PP
has_HVZ
trained_VBN
a_DT
large_JJ
group_NN
of_IN
eager_JJ
young_JJ
medical_JJ
students_NNS
and_CC
sent_VBN
them_PP
into_IN
the_DT
rainforest_NN
to_IN
cure_NN
and_CC
educate_VB
._.
this_DT
program_NN
was_BEDZ
to_TO
be_BE
his_PP$
legacy_NN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
repeats_NNS
over_IN
and_CC
over_IN
that_DT
it_PP
was_BEDZ
a_DT
good_JJ
idea_NN
._.
however_RB
,_,
when_CS
he_PP
ventures_NNS
into_IN
that_DT
same_DT
rainforest_NN
to_IN
visit_NN
his_PP$
prot_???
?_?
g_NN
?_?
s_NN
,_,
he_PP
finds_VBZ
that_CS
things_NNS
have_HV
not_XNOT
turned_VBN
out_RP
as_IN
he_PP
has_HVZ
envisioned_VBN
._.
as_CS
he_PP
travels_VBZ
deeper_JJR
into_IN
the_DT
forest_NN
,_,
going_VBG
from_IN
village_NN
to_IN
village_NN
,_,
the_DT
story_NN
is_BEZ
always_RB
the_DT
same_DT
:_:
the_DT
doctors_NNS
were_BED
all_PDT
killed_VBN
by_IN
either_DT
the_DT
guerrillas_NNS
or_CC
the_DT
army_NN
soldiers_NNS
,_,
usually_RB
for_IN
helping_VBG
the_DT
other_JJ
._.
when_CS
dr_NN
._.
fuentes_NNS
asks_NNS
a_DT
village_NN
woman_NN
why_WRB
the_DT
army_NN
killed_VBN
one_CD
of_IN
the_DT
doctors_NNS
,_,
she_PP
replies_VBZ
simply_RB
,_,
"_"
because_CS
they_PP
had_HVD
guns_NNS
,_,
and_CC
we_PP
didn't_DOD
._.
"_"
rational_JJ
science_NN
and_CC
all_PDT
its_PP$
attempts_NNS
to_IN
cure_NN
have_HV
been_BEN
wiped_VBN
out_RP
by_IN
the_DT
men_NNS
with_IN
guns_NNS
,_,
because_CS
others_NNS
'_"
sickness_NN
and_CC
ignorance_NN
helps_VBZ
them_PP
maintain_VB
power_NN
._.
dr_NN
._.
fuentes_NNS
picks_VBZ
up_RP
several_DT
companions_NNS
during_IN
his_PP$
journey_NN
,_,
all_PDT
of_IN
whom_WP
are_BER
characterized_VBN
by_IN
their_PP$
loss_NN
._.
first_OD
,_,
there_EX
is_BEZ
a_DT
young_JJ
boy_NN
named_VBN
conejo_???
(_(
dan_NN
rivera_NP
gonz_???
?_?
lez_???
)_(
,_,
who_NP
has_HVZ
neither_RB
a_DT
mother_NN
nor_CC
a_DT
father_NN
._.
next_OD
,_,
fuentes_NNS
crosses_NNS
paths_NNS
with_IN
a_DT
thief_NN
named_VBN
domingo_NP
(_(
dami_???
?_?
n_NN
delgado_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
deserted_JJ
the_DT
army_NN
because_CS
he_PP
was_BEDZ
tired_JJ
of_IN
being_BEG
jeered_VBN
into_IN
committing_VBG
murderous_JJ
atrocities_NNS
._.
through_IN
his_PP$
ordeal_NN
in_IN
the_DT
army_NN
,_,
domingo_NP
has_HVZ
lost_VBN
most_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
self-respect_NN
,_,
and_CC
defines_VBZ
himself_PPX
only_RB
by_IN
his_PP$
pistol_NN
._.
along_IN
the_DT
way_NN
,_,
the_DT
group_NN
also_RB
picks_VBZ
up_RP
padre_???
portillo_NN
(_(
dami_???
?_?
n_NN
alc_???
?_?
zar_???
)_(
,_,
a_DT
priest_NN
who_WP
has_HVZ
lost_VBN
his_PP$
faith_NN
._.
as_CS
domingo_NP
is_BEZ
running_VBG
from_IN
the_DT
army_NN
,_,
so_RB
is_BEZ
portillo_NP
-_-
he_PP
has_HVZ
been_BEN
labeled_VBN
a_DT
guerrilla_NN
sympathizer_NN
,_,
and_CC
ran_VBD
away_RB
from_IN
the_DT
village_NN
in_IN
which_WDT
he_PP
was_BEDZ
preaching_VBG
._.
last_OD
,_,
the_DT
group_NN
takes_VBZ
on_IN
a_DT
mute_JJ
girl_NN
named_VBN
graciela_NP
(_(
tania_NP
cruz_NP
)_)
,_,
who_WP
hasn't_HVZ
spoken_VBN
since_CS
she_PP
was_BEDZ
raped_VBN
two_CD
years_NNS
earlier_RBR
,_,
her_PP
innocence_NN
and_CC
even_RB
her_PP
will_MD
to_TO
live_VB
forcefully_RB
taken_VBN
from_IN
her_PP$
._.
sayles_NP
two_CD
major_JJ
strengths_NNS
as_IN
a_DT
director_NN
-_-
characters_NNS
and_CC
setting_NN
-_-
are_BER
abundantly_RB
evident_JJ
in_IN
"_"
men_NNS
with_IN
guns_NNS
._.
"_"
(_)
like_IN
many_DT
of_IN
his_PP$
films_NNS
,_,
sayles_NNS
might_MD
have_HV
tightened_VBN
this_DT
one_CD
somewhat_RB
in_IN
the_DT
editing_NN
room_NN
,_,
but_CC
a_DT
longer-than-necessary_JJ
running_NN
time_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
sin_NN
almost_RB
always_RB
committed_VBN
when_CS
the_DT
director_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
the_DT
editor_NN
._.
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he_PP
creates_VBZ
fascinating_JJ
,_,
complex_JJ
characters_NNS
,_,
especially_RB
dr_NN
._.
fuentes_NNS
and_CC
domingo_NP
._.
their_PP$
uneasy_JJ
relationship_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
somewhat_RB
humorous_JJ
in_IN
context_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
's_POS
overarching_NN
theme_NN
of_IN
violence_NN
as_IN
power_NN
-_-
domingo_NP
's_POS
attempts_NNS
to_IN
control_NN
fuentes_NNS
with_IN
his_PP$
revolver_NN
are_BER
constantly_RB
undermined_VBN
by_IN
fuentes_NNS
'_"
belief_NN
that_CS
the_DT
revolver_NN
is_BEZ
unloaded_VBN
(_(
at_IN
first_OD
it_PP
is_BEZ
,_,
but_CC
later_RBR
is_BEZ
isn't_BEZ
)_(
._.
the_DT
setting_NN
is_BEZ
also_RB
as_IN
thick_JJ
with_IN
detail_NN
as_IN
the_DT
rainforest_NN
itself_PPX
._.
sayles_NNS
knows_VBZ
how_WRB
to_TO
bring_VB
a_DT
location_NN
to_IN
life_NN
,_,
whether_CS
it_PP
be_BE
an_DT
early_JJ
twentieth-century_JJ
coal_NN
mining_NN
town_NN
in_IN
"_"
matewan_NP
"_"
(_(
1996_CD
)_)
or_CC
a_DT
contemporary_JJ
texas_NP
/_SYM
mexico_NP
bordertown_NN
in_IN
"_"
lone_JJ
star_NN
"_"
(_(
1996_CD
)_)
._.
sayles_NNS
is_BEZ
not_XNOT
a_DT
particularly_RB
inventive_JJ
director_NN
-_-
he_PP
likes_VBZ
to_IN
let_VBN
his_PP$
actors_NNS
do_DO
most_DT
of_IN
the_DT
work_NN
-_-
but_CC
he_PP
and_CC
cinematographer_NN
slavomir_NP
idziak_NP
(_(
"_"
gattaca_NP
"_"
)_)
successfully_RB
evoke_VB
both_RB
the_DT
beauty_NN
and_CC
the_DT
danger_NN
of_IN
the_DT
central_JJ
american_JJ
terrain_NN
._.
sayles_NNS
also_RB
maintains_VBZ
a_DT
strong_JJ
sense_NN
of_IN
authenticity_NN
by_IN
filming_VBG
everything_PN
on_IN
location_NN
in_IN
mexico_NP
,_,
using_VBG
all_PDT
latin_JJ
american_JJ
actors_NNS
,_,
and_CC
having_HVG
all_RB
the_DT
dialogue_NN
spoken_VBN
in_IN
either_DT
spanish_JJ
or_CC
native_JJ
indian_JJ
dialects_NNS
._.
the_DT
one_CD
exception_NN
is_BEZ
a_DT
couple_NN
of_IN
bumbling_VBG
american_JJ
tourists_NNS
who_WP
work_VB
not_XNOT
only_RB
as_IN
comic_NN
relief_NN
,_,
but_CC
as_CS
evidence_NN
of_IN
just_RB
how_WRB
clueless_NN
the_DT
united_JJ
states_NNS
is_BEZ
about_IN
what_WDT
is_BEZ
going_VBG
on_IN
a_DT
few_DT
hundred_NN
miles_NNS
south_NN
of_IN
the_DT
texas_NP
border_NN
._.
it_PP
would_MD
not_XNOT
be_BE
a_DT
stretch_NN
to_IN
say_VB
that_RB
"_"
men_NNS
with_IN
guns_NNS
"_"
is_BEZ
a_DT
depressing_JJ
film_NN
._.
in_IN
fact_NN
,_,
the_DT
two_CD
feelings_NNS
it_PP
evokes_VBZ
most_DT
are_BER
hopelessness_NN
and_CC
failure_NN
._.
in_IN
addition_NN
to_IN
loss_NN
,_,
the_DT
main_JJ
characters_NNS
are_BER
also_RB
failures_NNS
at_IN
something_PN
,_,
whether_CS
that_DT
be_BE
dr_NN
._.
fuentes_NNS
failure_NN
to_IN
change_NN
anything_PN
through_IN
medicine_NN
,_,
or_CC
padre_???
portillo_NN
's_HVZ
inability_NN
to_IN
stand_NN
up_RP
and_CC
be_BE
the_DT
martyr_NN
he_PP
always_RB
dreamed_VBD
of_IN
being_BEG
._.
nevertheless_RB
,_,
it_PP
is_BEZ
bleak_JJ
material_NN
sayles_NNS
has_HVZ
chosen_VBN
,_,
and_CC
he_PP
deals_VBZ
with_IN
it_PP
accordingly_RB
._.
the_DT
last_OD
shot_NN
of_IN
the_DT
film_NN
does_DOZ
offer_VB
a_DT
hint_NN
of_IN
hope_NN
,_,
even_RB
in_IN
a_DT
world_NN
where_CS
,_,
as_CS
one_CD
character_NN
puts_VBZ
it_PP
,_,
"_"
nobody_PN
refuses_VBZ
the_DT
men_NNS
with_IN
guns_NNS
._.
"_"