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45 Ratings

Gabriel and the Mountain

Gabriel e a montanha

Directed by Fellipe Barbosa
Brazil, 2017


The film captures a young idealist’s journey to Africa, as he believes his commitment and sense of charity able to change the world. Despite the spectacular landscapes and the generous and sympathetic encounters, Gabriel stays trapped in his certainties as civilized man.

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Gabriel and the Mountain Directed by Fellipe Barbosa
As a trip through four African countries filmed by a Brazilian outsider, Barbosa’s film is eager to avoid a tourist’s patronizing gaze, sharing a goal with the late Gabriel. But as the film proceeds, an enjoyable pilgrimage is complicated by the blind spots of its protagonist.
December 03, 2018
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The experience feels more like watching a documentary, not because we already know the ending, but because the film seems driven by a desire to understand and to present an accurate picture—including ambivalence and tedium—more than by the impulse to tell a story.
June 22, 2018
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The director’s here to honor his friend, and in keeping his head close to the ground of Gabriel’s final journey, he slips in a broader view of the strange tangles that can clog the encounter between passionate ideals and hard reality.
June 14, 2018
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