In Pedro Costa’s melancholy, visually stark Casa de Lava, set amid the rocky volcanic landscape of Cape Verde, a young Portuguese nurse, Mariana (Inês de Medeiros), brings home an injured, unconscious construction worker, Leão (Isaach de Bankolé) . . . While Tourneur’s noir [I Walked with a Zombie] ascribed exoticism to the locals, Costa wisely suggests that those who deny passion or the present, including the willful Mariana and Edite, are the real living dead.
November 03, 2017