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Elena

Dirigida por Petra Costa
Brasil, 2012
Documental

Sinopsis

Elena, a young Brazilian woman, travels to New York with the same dream as her mother, to become a movie actress. Two decades later, her sister Petra joins her.

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Elena Dirigida por Petra Costa

Reseñas críticas

Redolent of the authorial introspection one might recognize in Jennifer Reeves’s The Time We Killed or Jem Cohen’s Lost Book Found, Costa embraces the poetic and the nonliteral in this heartbreaking account of domestic trauma… While the film can feel wordy and over-scored, culminating in a modern dance sequence to an American song that effaces its cultural specificity, its melancholy is consistent and immersive.
May 27, 2014
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Using archival footage of Elena in performance… Costa restores her sister to the world of art, to the scene of her love and torment. Their parents’ backstory—fusing cultural and political ambition with the currents of history—brings the action to the present day; Costa’s ritual of mourning, on both sides of the camera, fulfills the family’s cinematic dreams with a self-dramatizing flair.
May 26, 2014
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Costa interweaves home movies, audio diaries, interviews, and her own imperfect memories (she was only 7 years old at the time) into an achingly intimate family mystery. Before Costa strains for universality via a metaphorically overwrought coda, her ripe, incantatory visuals make an intensely inward film feel open and inviting.
October 16, 2013
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