An ode to a forgotten way of life on a bleak, isolated, wind-swept island with the few remaining residents deciding to hold out after the regular ferry service is closed down. The dialogue is minimal small-talk but the emotions are palpable. Stunning cinematography and an equally mesmerising soundtrack are the centrepieces of this superb film.
The most gorgeously photographed film I have ever seen. Diego García cinematography is nothing short of stunning, each frame a work of art. Weather worn buildings containing inhabitants with weather worn faces who contemplate the end of a way of life on an island at the end of time. Amazing.
Things have been coming to an end in Fogo for a very long time, as you can see if you pair this film with a series of others made by the NFB's Colin Low in 1967. It is almost as though we are watching the kids, all grown up now, from "The Children of Fogo Island" https://www.nfb.ca/film/children_of_fogo_island -- they managed to hang on for another 50 years, and are now starring in Endgame--but without the humor.
Fogo comparte mucho con su pariente lejano The Turin Horse. Con la diferencia de que el aislamiento en Fogo es voluntario. Proviene de la relación con la isla en especifico. Tal vez sí hay algo mágico en las islas de Canadá que no permite la huida, como lo menciona Maddin en muchas de sus obras. Pero sobre todo tiene que ver con la cultura y la tradición, el no dejar tu lugar aunque ya no haya nada ahí. Es muy linda.
Even the synopsis delivers a peek at the demeaning tone I experienced throughout the film. It focuses on a near-apocalyptic vision of the island and its inhabitants in their desperate attempts to cling to their dead community. I appreciated the use of non-actors, and some camera work was spectacular, but otherwise this was empty. Empty of understanding, especially (find notes about the irony of it all below).