Segunda parte bem melhor que a primeira. A nostalgia, o amor, a morte seguida pelo nascimento, a música, as paisagens, as cartas - tudo funciona. Bonito de ver e ouvir, porém o acting pareceu-me demasiado falso e forçado na primeira parte. O meu segundo Miguel Gomes, venham mais.
Gomes displays his ideas in a way that exposes the guts of his own movie - and the history of Portugal and the ways of Hollywood -, while never leting the thing come apart. Aware of cinema as fantasy (and reality), but never denying his viewer the truth in the artifice, which almost makes him the anti-Haneke. Thus, Tabu reveals what Tabu conceals. Gomes seams his film together with a skillful hand.
Le Paradis & le Paradis Perdu, film étrange, inclassable, tragique & beau. Je dis souvent que quelque chose qui commence mal ne peut pas se terminer bien, en voici une édifiante illustration. Culte. Sans concession. Inoubliable. === Paradise & Paradise Lost, strange, tragic & beautiful film. I often say something that starts badly cannot end well, here's an uplifting illustration. Uncompromising. Unforgettable. Rare.
D'une apparente construction classique, jouxtant présent et passé, la dramaturgie fantomatique mise en place par Gomes, en apesanteur et gravité, s'amplifie et s'enrichit en fait sans cesse, de constantes références souvent implicites, sans véritables liens flagrants ou manifestes, comme déjà dans ce magnifique prologue suicidaire et carnassier qui résume à lui seul les incessants ravages du cœur www.cinefiches.com
With a gorgeous black-and-white cinematography and an impressive thematic rigor, this is a welcome surprise of tremendous poetry, a film that confronts frustration and memory as a lyrical homage to silent movies accompanied by a haunting narration. http://www.filmotrope.com
Was colonialism: A moment of untamed and passionate youth? The growing pains of an evolving moral consciousness? Simply evocative cinematic backdrop? If no, (hint: the answer is no) then we're left with some problematic filmmaking. Very glad this wasn't my first Gomes. Not that it didn't have charm, display talent, develop his style... It did. While being about as ill-advised and aversive as its characters. 2.75.
Kaleidoscope movie. Beautiful, made of stories in many different scales. I love particularly those tiny one given in a frame or two, and those untold in full like the one about Pilar. Is the crocodile an epitome of colonial Portugal, the Tabu to talk about in the post colonial Portugal, and the crime of lovers, a self inflicted injury colonial times have done to present days? Now a fading injury.