I feel mysteriously attracted by this film. Recently a dear friend of mine suggested I enjoy films with lush vistas more than others. That's not entirely so. What turns me on are timeless presentations of unique characters in extravagant locations. Casa de Lava presents gorgeous Ines de Medeiros and phenomenal Cristiano Andrades in a otherworldly set. Not without some glitches, CDL is a film like no other!
The plot (was there a plot?) was confusing and jumpy. The characters and their spoken lines were unconvincing. And a very poor portrayal of coma and outcome, completely unrealistic. The scenery was great though, I knew nothing about Cape Verde (still know very little), it was just about worth watching the movie for the backdrops. And some impressive eyebrows.
Save the natural beauty of the landscape, the mysterious atmosphere of the night, the humbleness of the cobbled streets and throw away this loose plot, often unintelligible, that ends in no-man's land helped by an amateurish editing and a concept too focused on an ethereal personal vision rather than a dialogue with the viewer.
Un filme sobre la búsqueda. Una enfermera tendrá que migrar a un lugar desconocido a fin de cuidar de un paciente. Su compromiso la empujará a indagar sobre la historia de este. Será su encuentro con personajes desolados, hostiles y melancólicos. "Casa de lava" habla sobre la intromisión de una forastera y una comunidad resignada. Un pueblo que parece fantasma, inmersos en la depresión.
Lots of style, maybe not quite as much substance. I found the story too vague and the characters un-engaging. In terms of form, I was reminded of Dovzhenko, dew to the static camera shots, and the mostly static characters within them. This aesthetic was interesting to a point.
um Dardenne clássico e mais dotado ,ou talvez um Resnais contemporâneo . e Inês de Medeiros estará talvez no patamar de uma Karina menos requintada , mas bem mais genuina. Sinto-me mal por nunca ter dado a devida atenção a Pedro Costa. Mais um mestre Português... para sempre