"Restrepo shows a contained sensibility through dances, faces and rhythms. The mouths are shut, but the hands are open and express themselves. The mouths also sing, laugh, celebrate, as an option for insurrection." - DesistFilm. Restrepo's films are fascinating to me. There's something about them that seem retro, primal, tribal, punk and modern all at the same time.
Beautiful mini opera featuring great dancers and musicians, well-structured in clear acts. Unfortunately, cinematography was below standard. It seemed as if the camera operator had a broken leg and couldn’t do anything else than standing on a spot and panning around. An overdose of close-up imagery and a lack of variation in perspective further crippled the visuals. I had expected a more creative photography.
This film feels connected with Cilaos in what seems a transcendent way... They both are unique an amazing experiences, which form a diptych and are probably best watched together. While both are unique and beautifully poetic, I felt Cilaos resonated with me a bit more, it's somehow more mysterious and memorable overall. Still, I think this short is definitely worth watching.
There is a sense of exotic, women that could be dominating the techniques of voodoo in what is a portrait of the eminence of a revenge movie. Again the connection between the beginnings of the island and the fight for civil rights in a variation of CILAOS that carries a regained conscience of Nature itself. Done with a great devotion to music and the pleasure of rhythm intertwined with the meditation.
Excellent. Great use of traditional jembe and dance, fantastic singing. Unusual and effective. I play jembe, I've never seen such great shots of playing hands and facial movement in a film. Enigmatic, interpretive, fascinating. I often want films to be shorter, it was the opposite with this one, it could have been much longer, more dance, more drumming.
Artistic, yet still highly cinematic vision that is part song, part poetry, part metaphysical journey into a man's psyche. There's a lot that seems slightly elusive, as this type of artistic genre might lean towards. But there is also much to interpret and that might be a very personal journey for the individual. Personally, I found some great meaning here.
This film is alive, this film is full of life. Painful life. This guy Restrepo is full of life, too, and courage. Colombiano tenía q ser. He has the courage to point to this painful conflicts so we can see them too. And he articulates his sensibIlity in such an original and artistic way, that it surprises you in every shot. Brilliant ending, amazing face. Those drums and singing peeled my skin off. ChapeauGraciasloco
Full of meditative music and lyrics, much like its predecessor, but in this slightly longer film we see a more emotional spirit. Trickery with camera angles, such as a bowl of food, turning into a drum when the camera pans back, are just one example of the clever manipulation of a twisted reality, all heightened by tribalistic beats that only further transcend this stirringly simple yet brilliant short film. Kudos