That this had a film crew and funding behind it is a surprise. Script isn't a strong suit either, the decent premise -- a geologist travels for work as he reels from an unravelling marriage -- goes for naught. It isn't converted. No earth-shaking pay-off to make the trip worthwhile. It comes off like a low-budget bricolage, a rough-draft for a road movie that somehow got the greenlight.
El sofoco de la soledad, hace falta el agua, no hay nada más que el polvo y los recuerdos de una relación que si bien nunca se desmorona del todo para el protagonista, sí termina por representarse durante este ejercicio cinematográfico. El viaje como instrumento catártico.
Interesting mix of super 8 and digital filmmaking that brings to mind Kiarostami as a geologist takes a trip through the Brazilian northeast following the path of a canal to come. His voiceover talks to a woman who has recently passed on or left him as he muses on geology, life , women and prostitution. Version here on Mubi is not properly subtitlted and one's language skills are definately tested.
I wish I had read the comments regarding the English subtitles as they were the worst I've ever encountered. The film's only spoken words come from an unseen narrator and at least one third of that is completely unsubtitled. The remainder is mostly nonsensical, incomplete sentences. I put up with it until the end because I'd paid my three bucks, I could sort of follow along and the visuals were extraordinary.