It's supposed to be an imaginary/unknown country. The Mount Tabu doesn't exist btw.
This film gradually turned my brain into mush and I want to re-experience that as many times as possible.
Beautiful, poetic and passionate homage to silent cinema conventions cleverly broken into two halves. "Paradise Lost' chronicles the supposed madness of a neighbor concluding with a affirmation of her past from an old lover. "Paradise' , the second half, is the homage to silent cinema telling the story of said woman's past in Africa some sixty years before. Beautiful cinematography, great performances, a total gem
From what I can tell the African-scenes were mostly shot in Mozambique. Pity it's nowhere mentioned in the movie.
Where exactly in Mozambique is Mount Tabu? There is no Mount Tabu in Mozambique, don't believe everything you see in the movies. The film was shot in the north of the Zambezia province, near the border with Malawi. It is a mountain region dominated by the cultivation of tea. In the film, it's not even supposed to be Mozambique, it's an unnamed former Portuguese colony, an indeterminate historical territory reinvented for a film called Tabu.
Tal vez la última obra maestra; Gomes reinventa el cine, y para ello echa mano de un clásico (o varios) y a la vez nos muestra qué pudo ser el romanticismo... Fotografía y sobre todo sonido, de 10...
Saying this is phenomenal is a massive understatement. Gomes with this single film jumps in the ranks as one of the best Portuguese filmmakers ever.
Does anyone know the African children's choir song that plays towards the end of Part Two? It was the best, and I'd love to hear it again!
What a wonderful wonderful film. I particularly loved the sound editing (ref to the fact that the second part isn’t pure silent cinema but peppered with carefully selected background sounds, adding great effect to the melancholic mood of the film).
interesting, fascinating, wonderful when it comes to the romance and nostalgia story of aurora and ventura (altough the historical7political framework is not fused togheter with the main story as it could be). only, it need real patience to go through the first half hour which is quite unnecessarily boring to me.
It is gorgeous and kind of amazing. The imagery and the story are brilliant, but the storytelling just let me down a number of times. I like it that Gomes is not afraid to be pretentious, but he's just not THAT good at it. Or he is and it is just a matter of (my) taste. Still, a pretty good film well worth watching.
I wrote a few months ago on its premiere that TABU could be one of the best european films of the year, but of what I've seen so far TABU easilly fits first in 2012 choices. no contenders, again. by the way, nice interview by David Phelps with Gomes.
drifting images, sounds & contrasts, yet leaving plenty of space to the viewer for readings & connotations. wonderful soundtrack.
Slow to start but growing increasingly mesmerizing, Tabu interweaves the past with the present in a beautifully warm tale of tragic love and colonialism in Portugal and Africa. With a rich film grain and low contrast palette it's experimental in form and at a certain point begins to recrudesce and capture a sense of old silent-era cinema. Recommended 3.5 stars
Europe. Africa. The decadence. The passion. The speech. The silence. The informed. The alienated. The real and the cinema.