|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral, Ana Moreira, Ana Moreira|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Run time:||1 hour 58 minutes|
|Rental release:||14 Jan 2013|
Most helpful review
Another CountryBy FrankIV (534 reviews) from Cirencester, England , 22 Jan 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Stunning. In the first part of this film, we see an old woman in the final days of her life, and in the second, after her funeral, with her ex-lover as a linking device, we go back into her colourful, rather Hemingway-esque past in an Africa emerging from colonialism into independence. Both halves are shot in black and white, the first more cinematically and conventionally in 35mm, the second in 16mm, such devices as scenes in which people are speaking but no dialogue is heard and a barrator to carry the story give it the immediacy of a home movie. There are little mysteries which are kept from us - what happened on Mount Tabu, for example, and the nature of the captured animal thought to be extinct, and the whole thing is riveting, a real sense of peoples' pasts and experiences finally buried between the appearance of age. Beautifully made and absolutely engrossing, I thought.
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Just not good enough at what it was trying to doBy davidc475 (30 reviews) , 24 Oct 2013As much as I like this genre (art / world cinema) this particular film was disappointing. After the first 5 mins I was thinking WTF, then was bored to the point of considering turning it off for the next 30 mins, then it got better, and the end was ok, but ultimately the acting was too theatrical and the editing just not good enough. I wouldn't bother with it - there are far better films doing this sort of thing.
Poetic and sadBy tzec (96 reviews) , 31 Aug 2013I liked the messing about with the voice overs and dialogues and the whole thing had an aged appeal though partly new. The first part was an accurate depiction of loneliness in old age, and part 2 was surprisingly romantic. A good watch, if a bit arty.
So highbrow it leaves the planetBy a customer , 31 May 2013Despite liking cerebral films could not save me from totally switching off after 30 minutes. So go and get a coffee, and then come back for the second part, which actually is rather beautiful. Then go back and watch the 10 minutes before the second part..
Don't Rent this OneBy tonyrjohnson (4 reviews) , 13 May 2013Definitely for film buffs. Black and white poorly shot and not easy to follow. This film is really rubbish frankly despite its pretensions to 'art'
New Wave with HeartBy JamesRandall (2 reviews) , 08 May 2013This film gets off to a slow start, but the purposefully controlled pace pays off in the second act. Stylistically reminiscent of Godard-esque New Wave, but loaded with emotional potency (painfully absent in a genre often deadened by coolness), which rises throughout to an understated, yet potent crescendo. Excuse the wanton colonialism and its an excellent observation on the perils of love.