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2.7
106 Ratings

Porto

Directed by Gabe Klinger
Portugal, United States, 2016
Romance, Drama

Synopsis

An American man and a French woman share a night in Porto that will change their lives.

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Porto Directed by Gabe Klinger
Klinger, making his narrative feature debut, conveys the lovers’ fragmented memories by switching between Super 8, 16-millimeter, and 35-millimeter film. Unfortunately the thin narrative reveals little about the characters aside from their brief encounter, and the actors lack chemistry; their romantic connection feels like lust amplified by loneliness.
January 11, 2018
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As directed by Gabe Klinger and cowritten by Larry Gross (“48 Hours”), it’s less than meets the eye and ear. It’s dramatically thin and confusingly edited in places, and there are basic problems in the lovers’ characterizations that are never convincingly addressed . . . The film’s clever editing (credited to Klinger and Geraldine Mangenot) jumps back and forth through time in intriguing, sometimes intoxicating ways, and even when the drama flags there’s always a stunning image to stare at.
November 17, 2017
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The late Anton Yelchin gives one of his last performances in this quietly bombastic and emotionally oblivious romantic drama . . . Klinger plays coyly with the time scheme, as if to mask the lack of substance with tricks of form. A gratuitously ugly scene of Jake’s physical abuse of Mati is a casually checked-off plot point.
November 17, 2017
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