I think I would rate both Palaces of Pity and A History of Mutual Respect 4 stars. The first film was fairy-tale like in its portrayal of two young girls competing for the love of their grandma. It had the stronger narrative of the two films. A History of Mutual Respect was a visual treat, though, with lush cinematography and wonderful filming of motion. Together, they form an interesting pair of films. Great!
Visually enthralling, sure I've enjoyed films more fun than this but something about this felt as though I was watching moving tableaux. The stars apply more to Palaces of Pity (2011) rather than A History of Mutual Respect (2010) which was an interesting counter point, still visually arresting but the characters seemed somewhat reprehensible.
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.
This film goes full bore into melodrama from the first sequence and continues to let itself grow from their. I can be a great fan of melodrama when it is done with obvious self awareness or it is earned by created an alternate reality where it places itself. This film does neither of these things and the sensation leaves a very unsatisfying feeling for me. If the film gave sign of attempting this, it'd have been okay
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