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Tabu
Miguel Gomes Portugal, 2012
The strength of Tabu lies in how powerfully sex is captured, offering aural and visual textures that inspire sensorial memories. The black and white imagery of beautiful people making love behind layers of mosquito nets is a beautiful vision. The sex looks good, feels good, but it’s still just sex. But the nostalgia for this moment of time is unreal, rooted in a nostalgia for a broken system and a broken time.
July 16, 2015
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Despite the many reviews that describe it as “lush”, this extravagance is almost entirely an illusion, a tribute to Gomes’ ingenuity more than his budget. The director and his collaborators… have testified to the hard fact that, when they arrived on location in Africa, the budget evaporated – leaving the “central committee” listed in the credits with the task of devising a new, radically reworked script day by day.
February 06, 2014
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Without denying the devastating impact of Portuguese colonialism, Gomes acknowledges that it fed the colonials’ desire to experience life as the stuff of myth. In this regard, colonialism had much in common with cinema, enabling people to remake the world according to their own fantasies. Those fantasies may have died out, but Tabu unsettlingly suggests that they continue to haunt the Portuguese, who have yet to find a comparable dream to take their place in the imagination.
April 03, 2013
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Gomes tenderly captures the moments of irrepressible passion between the protagonists, as a short-lived fire that consumed everything around it. Aurora and Ventura lived their last decades alone, in the same city of Lisbon, but never saw each other again. Tabu’s intricate strategy articulates the mechanism of loss and memory: what you had when you were young cannot be retrieved, but it will haunt you forever.
March 17, 2013
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…The filmmaking is so strong that every shot invites repeat visits. His innovation is not some romantic trip back in time—which is, of course, the supreme invitation of Western cinema—but rather, the hypothesis that such a trip is impossible without prolonging an illicit affair.
February 01, 2013
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The film is as beautiful as it is polemical: Gomes’ exceedingly clever structure makes it impossible to separate politics and aesthetics. The point is that existence in any historical moment doesn’t allow the luxury of opting out, even by choosing not to participate in certain acts.
December 27, 2012
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If you have the patience to watch this film develop and unfold, like some bizarre night-blooming orchid, what you’ll see is not just the last movie released in 2012, but possibly the most original of them all.
December 27, 2012
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It’s a film in a rare genre: its plot is so adroitly and sensitively imagined and realized that a mere telling of the things that take place would suffice to reveal the depth of the director’s imaginative discernment—his ample and nuanced vision of the extraordinary elements and implications of ordinary lives. But it’s also realized with a casually audacious sense of cinematic form even as it ignores conventional wisdom regarding cinematic politics.
December 27, 2012
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Truly a time-machine, “Tabu” does feel like something new (unlike say, last year’s big winner, “The Artist”). Even, or rather, especially on repeated viewings. Gomes’s movie is so ingenuous, well-executed, and filled with unexpected cinematic pleasures that it’s restorative—a movie to reconfirm your faith in the motion picture medium.
December 26, 2012
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Tabu is one of those truly unique movies you can get tongue-tied just trying to describe: a tragic pop pastiche? A lyrical Old Hollywood melodrama projected on a bedsheet? A celluloid curio à la Barnum’s Fiji mermaid? At such times, it’s better to stick with a simple “wonderful.”
December 26, 2012
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Churlish though it sounds, you’ll want to arrive for this b&w Portuguese drama about 45 minutes late. Unconventional, yes, but in so doing, you will spare yourself the film’s banal, wholly uninvolving setup, one that even Tabu’s admirers—of whom there are a great many—seem to be selectively forgetting.
December 26, 2012
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On a formal level this is about as laudable an effort as I could expect for a film whose neo-colonialist romantic perspective I normally reject as a matter of principle. On one level, it’s more of the same swooning white material that illustrates how non-Africans can make great films in Africa, but not about Africa. But yeah, it’s pretty beautiful.
December 15, 2012
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[Gomes’] works thus far are so wholly different from each other, yet so of a piece that, lovely as Tabu is, it feels unlikely we’ll see anything quite like it from him again. He has said that cinema is a game, and the one he’s playing with us, continually, is of expectation. Wherever he goes next, we all win.
October 11, 2012
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Tabu [is] in some ways an ode to cinema’s past but also a film that marries a heritage with future possibilities (a trend in contemporary world cinema right now, no?). Though not stylistically comparable, Tabu’s rich mysteriousness and poetic beauty comes close to rivaling the work of Apichatpong Weerasethakul, placing Gomes at the forefront of cinema’s greatest talents.
October 05, 2012
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With no diegetic dialogue, Tabu’s latter section comes alive in the beautifully scripted voiceover, the stark performances by Ana Moreira and Carloto Cotta (as lithe, fresh-faced embodiments of the younger Aurora and Ventura), the effectively poppy use of a Portuguese-language cover of the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” and in a sex scene so weightily impassioned that it’d seem a glaring anachronism, were Tabu merely an atavistic aesthetic workout a la The Artist.
September 17, 2012
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Tabu is a fine film by any measure, but it should be said, Gomes is to be commended for making a significant leap in a new direction following the equally but differently odd Our Beloved Month of August. While that film was sprawling and discursive, Tabu is a tight fiction that explores a set of very specific parameters within a tight but elegant superstructure.
September 11, 2012
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The juxtapositions ping across emotional, historical and celluloid landscapes, yet Tabu is no glib mash-up straining only for superficial effect; its rich array of connections and ambiguities draws the viewer in, creating an allusive yet human drama that’s immersive and rewarding.
September 07, 2012
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An impressionistic enterprise, ‘Tabu’ is more satisfying in its latter half: the aestheticised lethargy of the first part – though frequently lovely – is less successful than the second part’s gorgeously realised yet carefully ironic melodrama.
September 06, 2012
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Shot in black and white, the palette is as vivid as it is muted. Like the story itself, it reveals incredible detail, but with a sense that something always remains out of reach, lost in the time, escaping memory. For this is the tragedy of Tabu’s tale: not merely love or time lost, but memory itself.
September 04, 2012
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An impressively dense yet fleeting concatenation of doomed love, colonial guilt, a reflection on the changing aesthetics and characteristics of cinema, Tabu is a deeply emotional and heartbreaking film; like its female protagonist, it’s bipolar, both depressive and ecstatic.
September 01, 2012
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As sumptuously lyrical as these lines are, there is no textual source for them. Every word spoken on the film’s soundtrack was penned by the director himself, in collaboration with Mariana Ricardo. Contrary to all appearances,Tabu is not a literary adaptation of a pre-existing text – or, better, it is a literary adaptation of a text which does not exist.
September 01, 2012
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At a moment’s distance, the trajectory of Tarr’s swan song is as traceable as a dirge, from all that sound and fury and half-light into the silent and terrifying dark. Tabu is not only structurally more complex but emotionally as well, with a range encompassing gentle melancholy, bittersweet melancholy and heart-breaking melancholy — but also lust and rage and mad, mad love.
February 18, 2012
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It’s a film which possesses the innate ability to send regular orgasmic shivers down the spine, and this becomes evident from the Chopin-esque piano scales that drift on to the soundtrack and over the title credits. Sometimes it’s something as simple as a composition, a visual stress or a line of dialogue. But as a film of blissful, life-affirming ‘moments’, one might be inclined to view it as 2012’s droll and heady response to Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.
February 17, 2012
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The Portuguese Gomes, fulfilling the promise of Our Beloved Month of August, follows in the fabulist tradition of his countryman Manoel de Oliveira, as well as directors such as Raúl Ruiz, while paying homage to silent cinema.
February 17, 2012
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One problem for this film is that its pleasures are so much to do with the ingenious ways it draws you into its fatal attraction that to write about it at length is to ruin some of that enjoyment.
February 01, 2012
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