With a strikingly modern yet humanistic style, Costa elicits quietly declamatory performances from his remarkable cast (which joins nonactors and seasoned professionals) and creates moody, luminous tableaux to conjure an incantatory, Faulknerian earthiness.
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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
My second favourite Costa film after "Blood", and far and away my favourite film of his later ascetic cinema. This film combines the austerity of his later films with the breathtaking beauty of his first.
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.