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Our Beloved Month of August

Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto

Directed by Miguel Gomes
Portugal, France, 2008
Musical, Cult


In the heart of Portugal, amid the mountains, the month of August is abuzz with people and activity. As emigrants set off fireworks and sing karaoke, a strange relationship between a father, a daughter, and a nephew in a pop band unfolds.

Our Beloved Month of August Directed by Miguel Gomes
[Gomes’ Our Beloved Month of August and Tabu] inform each other in surprising ways; the new film suggests the hidden weight of history that Gomes was trying to extract from daily minutiae in “Our Beloved Month of August,” which, in turn, highlights the open-ended, frame-breaking audacity of “Tabu.” He’s only forty, and is one of the world’s best, most original filmmakers. I’m deeply impatient to see what he’ll do next.
January 09, 2013
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One of the most striking director debuts in recent memory is Our Beloved Month of August, the first feature by Portugal’s Miguel Gomes. Part of what makes it so remarkable is the near-disastrous predicament in which it was made.
October 10, 2012
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The omnivorous scope of OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST lends itself to endless descriptors: it’s a mammoth, sentimental ouroboros, a travelogue to get lost in, an indigenous film created by tourists. It’s also a window into the creative process as frank and self-effacing as one could hope for in any medium.
October 29, 2010
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