Four versions of the same story, first in the perspective of a theatre play, second in the perspective of a silent film, third in the perspective of a film of the 50s and finally in a biblical philosophical perspective.
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Formally daring if not so endearing Oliveira, Mon Cas produces the declension as in grammatical cases of one human plea to multiple film styles with their intrinsic "Weltanschauungs" & specific 'ontologies of pain'. The varying sound and saturation make this inflection sensible and act as punctuation/diacritics which switch the meaning of each segment to a diff. pitch, but sadly Job's fairly jarring wind-up elocution
35mm. O esplendor do 'jogo', dos actores (instrumentos de uma orquestra) e dos enquadramentos, pontos de vista do realizador. Cinema é teatro. Uma leveza de comédia, em nada superficial. Os tempos e o tom, afinadíssimos, ao ritmo do metrómeno. Um filme em 3/4 musical. As variações de Oliveira
An uncanny masterpiece that has the unnerving power, using all of film's resources, to render us strangers to our bodies (part 2; a bitter Beckettian comedy about the Cartesian ghost in the machine), our histories (part 3) and our understandings of our selves through religion or art (part 4: the great poem of Job). Like all 'supreme fictions' it "makes the visible a little hard / to see".
Restless, complex, highly unusual masterpiece, dense with ideas and dismissive of the notion of a rigid divide between film and theatre: this work is both uncompromisingly stagy and boldly cinematic. Indeed, in the beautiful last shot, Oliveira brings together multiple art forms, at once distinct yet bound to each other.
The premise is very interesting until you get to the third part or actually midway through the second and then it is just a waiting game for it to finish and for youto feel good about yourself having watched such a marvelous masterpiece of brainiac creation...Merits to the idea and Luis Miguel Cintra is never bad...