Nunes’ debut takes the viewer to a magical village on Brazil’s coast in breathtaking black-and-white cinemascope. Clarice dies and is reborn, rides the merry-go-round and flirts like mad – all on a single day. Around her, life goes on in its familiar, quotidian tempo.
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so empty.. it could at least be an epigonic Tarr offspring, if characters dared to have some sort of inner life or camera were more attempting and sensorial instead of working by the rules of a posh music video's technical precision.
MASTERPIECE.Bears most of the characteristic traits of what we call 'slow cinema' but what sets it apart is the complex multipaced use of time.Also the influx of memory, mystery, magic and tragedy,that betrays any possibility of deterministic interpretation takes this film beyond the horizon of any realist residues.The initial discomfort with the extreme widescreen not withstanding, a cinematic experience to savour.
An impressive debut that pays homage to the Tarr/Tarkovsky film form and rhtyhm. The long and slow pans match perfectly the barren landscape and the film's aural signifiers grow in consciousness as the enigmatic proceedings conjoin the fate of various women into a single occult memory continuum. The hide-and-seek carnivalesque erotic hunt in the hut is gorgeously filmed. Bold but, ultimately, wise in its film form.