25th of December, in the eighties. The family gets together in grandparents’ house. When I was twelve I dreamt with putting in motion the static pictures of the crèche. With this film I tried to do the same with the memories of my cousins and relatives, with that house and with those rituals. It’s a fake documentary and a fake animation film, a semi-fiction about children who go to war, play music, and take over. —Miguel Gomes
Miguel Gomes (b. 1972) began first as a film critic before directing a series of refreshingly eccentric short films that revealed his innate talents as a sensual visual stylist interested in an intensely image based narrative in which music plays an equal role to dialogue. Gomes’ early “musical comedies” offer important keys to his feature films by revealing the important inspiration of both musical cinema and the silent film to his uniquely playful and imaginative approach to narrative. The unique energy and puckish charm of Gomes’ little known debut, the Alice in Wonderland-meets-Jacque Rivette narrative puzzle, The Face That You Deserve, took the ludic tendencies of his cinema to a furthest extreme. The festival favorite My Beloved Month of August turned a new and important direction by responding to the “post-documentary” mode of innovative and unclassifiable non-fiction cinema championed by Costa and defined earlier by pioneering works such as Oliveira’s Rite of Spring (1963… read more
it reminds me of my childhood family reunions, very delicate and simple.
it's a wonderful short. Miguel Gomes, always on the frontier between documentary and fiction, blending the two 'genres'; or like in Cântico das Criaturas (2006), segmenting the short in three parts: first and third almost documentaries, but nevertheless manipulating the footage, and the 2nd part, fictional nucleus and amazing studio feature that reminds us of some latest Resnais (Smoking/ No smoking).