Áurea, a solitary teacher, starts a singular relationship with a young man with whom she has a chance encounter. A sensitive soul, she finds herself attracted to his moving beauty which compels her to lose herself…
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Made it through 46 minutes and had to stop. Reminiscent of those pretentious experimental theater productions freshman year of college. Instead of simply acting out the play, there's a highly mannered and tedious approach that drains the life out of words and actions. Why not shoot them actually having conversations? Why not cut away from these endless shots of them walking sooo very slowly?
The memory of Western culture in an idiomatic ritualization of Bressane, and, in the distance, a review of the ethos and pathos of the homonymous book by Flaubert, itself a key part of that culture. A masterpiece.
Bressane is for few which is a shame. His cinematography is stunning. Beautiful composition, light, chiaroscuro, focus, texture, highly stylized lyrical lines (the subtitles don't capture), endless references to literature, especially Brazilian. Years later, it still is cinema marginal, but as refined and intelligent as it gets. Difficult and instigating, reminds that what is not in the frame matters just as much.
Lo sbarco della Luna sull'Uomo.
Un film che ripristina la gloria dell'Immagine. E' la sinodica compenetrazione delle (p)arti. Educazione sentimentale all'occhio, allo sguardo, al linguaggio. Un bacio lunare al (corto)circuito visivo del pubblico. Bressane taglia/curta la scena, quindi l'orbita (oculare e lunare) che porta (al)la visione. Il cine-occhio è lacerato e in esso si scorge un chien andalou che abba(gl)ia.
The lead female character is brought to life, you understand quite clearly her romantic intentions. I applaud the actress to bringing life to this movie. Bressane seems to not be interested in keeping the audience’s attention, I believe he assumes you will be interested. Pretty postcard landscapes do not a make a movie.
What a weird fucking movie. The last 10 minutes--what! Made no sense as part of the film. The visual language here is so good though. Movies like this are great, you have no idea what's going on and it works so well.
2.5/5 - The first hour is basically a one woman show with Ms. Antello doing interesting work surrounded by boring moments where the film crawls to a halt. I think maybe the way/style with which she speaks is as interesting as the content. The content is mostly romanticism of the past, which seems perhaps correct for the topic of the film if obvious? Perhaps this could have been better if edited to ~30-45 minutes. Meh