While Jibaro is beautiful, it is dull enough to pause, do something else, and then return to.


Director(s) Alberto Mielgo
Screenplay By Alberto Mielgo
Date Released (Netflix) 5/20/2022
Genre(s) Action, Fantasy, Animation
Duration 17 Minutes
Content Rating TV-MA

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Film Summary

A slew of soldiers decide to rest near a body of water. That was a major mistake for a nearby siren, led many of them to drown if they didn’t kill each other. Only one survives, purely due to being deaf and thus not hypnotized by the sounds of the siren. However, they do lock eyes and interact, leaving you to wonder if this man who can’t speak may live to tell the tale of this encounter?

Things To Note

  • Reason(s) for Film Rating: Violence (Blood, depiction of murder)

Review

Highlights

A Deaf Character

The deaf soldier

Diversity is important way beyond skin tone (and hopefully bringing culture alongside a person’s skin tone). It’s about bringing in various life experiences in general. Whether it is showing someone who is heavyset without making them jovial or, in the case of Jibaro, a soldier who is deaf. This, for us, deserves notable applause. For on top of being deaf, you can see members of his team learned or created a form of sign language to communicate with him, and it almost makes you wish the story was more focused on him being a deaf soldier than dealing with a siren.

On The Fence

The Siren Is The Least Interesting Part Of This

Visually, watching Jibaro move is mesmerizing. But, the problem is that the best thing about Jibaro is the visuals. There isn’t a story there or a warning about there being a possible siren. She just appears, leads most of the men to kill themselves, and doesn’t understand why isn’t the deaf soldier seduced to the point of suicide?

The Siren standing in the water

Because of that, it almost feels like we’re taken away from a far more interesting story.

Overall

Our Rating: Mixed (Divisive)

Jibaro, while visually stunning, is also a bit disappointing. The whole siren plot feels a bit lackluster, and with nearly every short/episode preceding it being violent, it makes you wish there was a pursuit of something different with this entry in Volume III of Love Death + Robots. But, at the very least, story-wise, you must tip your hat for the entry having a deaf character since outside of A Silent Voice (also on Netflix), there isn’t a go-to alternative.

Who Is This For?

Those who like seeing fantasy creatures, especially women, cause men to kill themselves.

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Ratings

  • Recommended: Some of the best-seen movies we have ever watched and mentioned to friends, family, and strangers as films that need to be seen.
  • Positive (Worth Seeing): Whether you’ll have to go to the movies, download, or stream, movies of this category are worth your time and money with few, if any, qualms from us.
  • Mixed (Divisive): Due to this movie having a few quirks, of which may work for some and for others be a problem, we believe your enjoyment of this movie will depend on your taste.
  • Negative (Acquired Taste): While one or two elements kept us going until the end, unfortunately, we’re of the opinion this film never reached the potential it was marketed to have.

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A close up on the siren's mouth
Love Death + Robots: Jibaro (2022) – Review/ Summary (with Spoilers)
Overall
While the visuals are undeniably stunning, Jibaro, unfortunately, lacks the kind of story needed to stand out amongst its peers. Well, beyond having a deaf character.
Highlights
A Deaf Character
Disputable
The Siren Is The Least Interesting Part Of This
79


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