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76 Ratings

August Winds

Ventos de Agosto

Directed by Gabriel Mascaro
Brazil, 2014


Shirley has left the big city to live in a small seaside town and look after her grandmother. There, she drives a tractor on a local coconut plantation, loves rock music, dreams of being a tattoo artist and feels trapped in the tiny coastal village…

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August Winds Directed by Gabriel Mascaro
Ventos is particularly remarkable in that its themes are undergirded through editing and organization, although this only becomes evident in retrospect. When Mascaro uses straight cuts like that between the first and second shots, with Jeison rowing in silence and then speeding across the sea with his motor, the director is emphasizing this radical break through form.
January 16, 2015
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Short, fragmented conversations are interspersed with gorgeous, effortlessly evocative images: the girl tanning supine on a fishing boat out at sea in front of a perfectly limpid horizon; the couple entwined in a post-coital embrace on top of a trailer full of green, freshly-picked coconuts; a cemetery on the beach, its graves eroded by the constant lapping of the waves. The result is beautiful, languid, and thoroughly melancholic.
January 13, 2015
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This hypnotic, repetitious work recapitulates many of the strategies of Lisandro Alonso, from its isolated locale, fixed camera set-ups, and slender death-drive narrative.
January 13, 2015
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