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Horse Money

Cavalo Dinheiro

Directed by Pedro Costa
Portugal, 2014
  • Portuguese
  • English


Pedro Costa’s film follows Ventura, as he traverses a seemingly endless night steeped in sinister chiaroscuro and populated by the ghosts of his past. From the restless spirits that haunt this decaying urban landscape, Costa turns his exploration of memory into a spellbinding cinematic experience.

Our take

From Portugal’s greatest living filmmaker comes this dreamlike hallucination of a lost soul belonging to the country’s repressed, abused, misused and forgotten underclass. With his rivetingly poetic political cinema, Pedro Costa gives the unheard and unseen a voice and a true cinematic presence.

Horse Money Directed by Pedro Costa
With Horse Money, Pedro Costa makes his most challengingly open work and, at the same time, his most openly militant film. In Ventura’s eternal non-present, there is space for all of us.
November 18, 2019
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Even for a filmmaker as radically transgressive as Costa, Horse Money represents a sharp departure from the long takes of In Vanda’s Room (2000) and Colossal Youth (2006) in its privileging of traumatic memory and consciousness and all the narrative fragmentation this entails over any sustained continuity of space or chronology.
July 10, 2015
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Whereas Ford and Hawks, working in the studio system, sometimes systematized their own aesthetic choices, Costa seems to rethink his own movie with each new scene. Nothing is ever expected, visually or structurally, and everything is at the service of aligning himself with his tall, beautiful, quavering hero, endlessly circling around the time he got into a knife fight with a man in a red shirt named Joaquim, smack in the middle of the Carnation Revolution.
July 01, 2015
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