This film almost presents that quintessential Portuguese notion of 'saudade' visibly on the screen: the wistful melancholic longing for a past that is gone and which is repressed in the present to avoid further pain. It is doubly melancholic in then showing the grand passion in the pasts of the elderly who will soon be gone undercut by the slightly outlandish idiosyncrasies of a bygone age and repressive colonialism.
Segunda parte bem melhor que a primeira. A nostalgia, o amor, a morte seguida pelo nascimento, a música, as paisagens, as cartas - tudo funciona. Bonito de ver e ouvir, porém o acting pareceu-me demasiado falso e forçado na primeira parte. O meu segundo Miguel Gomes, venham mais.
Gomes displays his ideas in a way that exposes the guts of his own movie - and the history of Portugal and the ways of Hollywood -, while never leting the thing come apart. Aware of cinema as fantasy (and reality), but never denying his viewer the truth in the artifice, which almost makes him the anti-Haneke. Thus, Tabu reveals what Tabu conceals. Gomes seams his film together with a skillful hand.
Le Paradis & le Paradis Perdu, film étrange, inclassable, tragique & beau. Je dis souvent que quelque chose qui commence mal ne peut pas se terminer bien, en voici une édifiante illustration. Culte. Sans concession. Inoubliable. === Paradise & Paradise Lost, strange, tragic & beautiful film. I often say something that starts badly cannot end well, here's an uplifting illustration. Uncompromising. Unforgettable. Rare.