A program of Gabriel Abrantes and Daniel Schmidt’s first two collaborations, Palaces of Pity (2011) and A History of Mutual Respect (2010), sublime stories of friendship and betrayal spanning the medieval past to a dystopian future.
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I love Gabriel Abrantes, I don't like Daniel Schmidt. Maybe this two shorts are directed by Schmidt mostly, aren't they? Like "The Unity of All Things" sublime cinematography & picturesque location, but they aren't fit for cheaply stupid, boringly philosophical storyline. Former's dreamy sequence has freedom of Abrantes' essence I like, though.
Cuts together the short feature 'Palaces of Pity' and the short film 'A History of Mutual Respect'. The short feature though unfocused and narratively challenged has some interest but the short is just so god awful that any good will generated is dissipated. A miss.
Film as dream. "An exhilarating whatsit laden with awe-inspiring landscapes, surrealist flourishes, and stirring, unexpected juxtapositions of image and sound...a playful yet serious meditation on friendship, competition, and carnal desire, cast against lush jungle settings and the modernist architecture of Brasilia." - Film Society Lincoln Center
The first half of this semi-surrealist diptych, regarding an adolescent rivalry to inherit an aristocratic estate, is completely riveting. There is nothing in the look, rhythm, or feel of this section to shame an old master like Oliveira. The second half is less successful, but it's worth spending the half hour with the two idiot bros for the extremely funny payoff at the end. None of the film is less than gorgeous.
1st film - so splendid to watch, never have cluttered my desktop with so many screenshots. very significant intertextuality between the soft poetic dialogue and quiet, unexpected scenes, ending sped up into a transparent kids' war which made me rethink the whole film's intentionality ... 2nd film - like blondes in the jungle - mopey monied students in the jungle exploiting the indigenes, not sure if I totally felt it