Tabu requires patience, but the 2nd half beautifully explores the construction of memory and identity. At times slow, but more often hypnotizing and mysterious. Gomes' film is all the more rich because of his ability to subtly capture the reverberations of Europe's colonial past. For instance, one cannot avoid the irony of Aurora telling Santa she is imprisoned by a monster. I yearned for more as the credits rolled.
Una película de una estructura propia de Gomes, sobre la fascinación por el discurso legendario, mitológico o simplemente testimonial. "Tabú" es el resultante de una serie de reminiscencias, algunas reales sobre sueños frustrados, otras producto de la ilusión o la alucinación. El cambio abrupto de una trama cambiante es lo atractivo del filme. De una leyenda a una benefactora, y, finalmente, a una historia de amor.
Watched it for the fifth or sixth time last night and could go on about it for hours. The cut to Aurora's face when Ventura starts telling the story is still the most shiver-inducing transition. Ghosts from the past suddenly reemerge, probably more beautiful than they originally were, but that's life and memory for you. One of the best films of this century.
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