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610 Ratings

Horse Money

Cavalo Dinheiro

Directed by Pedro Costa
Portugal, 2014


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.

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Horse Money Directed by Pedro Costa
The ensemble’s wanderings and their monologues are informed by Portugal’s colonial relationship to the actors’ Cape Verdean homeland, and this dense context renders much of the loose narrative opaque. But even watching it with nil knowledge of Lisbon’s political history, the hoarse voices of the dispossessed are nonetheless haunting as they echo throughout an architectural embodiment of memory.
December 31, 2015
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Horse Money enters the dark, private spaces of its hero Ventura, an aging immigrant worker wandering a shadowy landscape that suggests the inside of his mind. It’s a movie that lives in the shadows of all things on the brink of disappearing—the traumatic past of Cape Verde’s political protests, of migrant workers lost in an adopted homeland, of heartbreak, aging and physical decay.
December 18, 2015
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Wherein Costa’s collaboration with the personage known as Ventura veers off from a statuesque poetic not-quite-realism into a realm of nearly sci-fi dystopia and dread. Intimations of the underworld and the very real spectre of fascism are given utterly convincing form in a shudderingly beautiful film.
December 18, 2015
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