One of the most singular work i've seen this summer! But, i feel uncomfortable, because i don't know what to think about it. The film is so « theatrical » that i could dislike it. But, the couple knew how to use the '' dispositifs'' of cinema to narrate that classical in a bold way (fast editing, Jump-cut, ancient location, the city or persistence of past in present, landscape, voice-over, shot-reversed shot, etc.)
The actors seemed to be racing each other, each trying to say the text faster than the other. "Othon" is one of the most naif films I've watched: it's the opposite of Oliveira's literary adaptations. There is no cinema here, no violence, no drama. Even the words lose their power with such bad acting, mise-en-scène and camera work.
PUNK-CINEMA. Violence of language + a certain 'yesterday as today' feeling - in a direct way, traffic passing by, the noises, buildings; indirectly the games of power, relationships of hatred. Each shot falls upon the viewer with a strenght completely different of that from the shock-films. It captivates you, doesn't make you look away. Othon is mystic as only few movies are.