Separate the elements then bring them together to make some sense. The monotone dialogue delivery undercutting any sense of concrete reality. The unique compositions, almost unearthly, empty, vacuous, unadorned, Beckettian. The same Shot repeated at different times in the film but one is unsure whether it is the same time that has been cut over the film or time is ever present. A film to study.
The thick, heavy contrast and unique lighting are what have made these films for me, that and the honest and touching portrayal of poverty and life. Touching not in the traditional way, in a more truthful and realistic way. It doesn’t feel like a manipulation, although, I suppose, it has to be in the end. But it’s more documentary than drama in it’s feeling, even though it’s more composed than that.
A painterly chiaroscuro social realism looking at depths of human deprivation. The fusion of cinematic form, and the presentation of casual documentary like human interactions is stunning. Costa's world is not aesthetically beautiful in the traditional sense as he challenges conventional notions with shots of battered rooms, worn out humans, and generally decaying matter where darkness almost continually dominates.
Desde "Casa de lava", Pedro Costa ha tenido una fascinación por los espacios decadentes, desde una visión espectral, de personajes que deambulan en un contexto en donde se sienten arraigados. A esto se suma la iluminación natural y texturas desgastadas también presente en "La sangre". "Juventud en marcha" obedece a una normativa de la docu-ficción. Ese "padre" universal en ese mundo calcinado por lo decadente.
Sorry to disagree with everyone but this is boring cinema of the highest order and a monumental waste of time, it felt like it was 20 hours long. Keep in mind that I typically don't have a problem with comically long static takes but I must have severely missed the point on this one.