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3.9
640 Ratings

Casa de Lava

Directed by Pedro Costa
Portugal, France, 1994
Drama

Synopsis

A nurse, Mariana (Inês de Medeiros), accompanies Leão (Isaach de Bankolé) to his home on the volcanic islands of Cape Verde after an accident leaves him in a coma—but he goes unrecognized by fellow denizens, leaving Mariana trapped with and eventually entranced by a mysterious community.

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Casa de Lava Directed by Pedro Costa
…If one combines this struggle with Costa’s uncanny and always evolving talent for composition and color, the overall aspiration resembles both what Godard has called “the definitive by chance” and the fusion of fiction and documentary sought and found by Kiarostami… Casa de Lava may be the film of Costa’s that poses the most constant and furious tug of war in his oeuvre between Hollywood narrative and the portraiture of both places and people, staging an almost epic battle between the two.
January 01, 2012
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Elliptical, stylized melodrama whose narrative shortcomings are compensated by the powerful mood of eerie alienation it conjures.
December 27, 2006
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Visually, Costa reflects this sense of metaphysical transience through recurring murky, crepuscular, and eerily otherworldly images of volcanic activity, clandestine encounters, and waves violently crashing against the shore.
May 18, 2006
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