Fatu’s father has returned home to Guinea-Bissau from Portugal to attend her wedding. The young woman teaches at the university and her future husband is a well-known musician. Their wedding is supposed to take place in Tabatô, a village where everyone makes music…
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Disastrous. Not only the theme of the search for peace in a place of death and war is treated with the complexity of a child's brain as every single shot is just awful. João Viana is interested in everything except in what he should be: the people, the musicians, the villagers of Tabatô. In the course of the movie you learn nothing about them and, as a consequence, you learn nothing at all. What a bad commercial...
over-the-top misused "sober formalism" (long takes, exaggeratedly static compositions, claustrophobic interiors) / has some memorable images + score featuring brilliant african music / one of those portugese masters who go on a bold crusade to expand cinematic boundaries by mixing fiction and nonfiction layers with voiceover - compared to gomes viana is too direct for my taste /
Great. Moving people in still pictures. I think he's giving the message with those scenes... over and over..
Mysterious tension between father and daughter starts to resolve slowly with some dialogues and baam..
Calm reactions to massive personal disasters...
Emphasization of a greater power and the ridicioulisness of war repetatively..
I liked the use of the red colour ;)
Not bad for a first feature and while not perfect, ultimately this is a tragic yet beautiful film. I enjoyed the use of amatuer actors and although the dialogue was somewhat lacking and a bit "clumsy" I think it was just enough to allow the story line to be held together. In the end the message in the the film is very clear. The last scene is well worth it but you have to journey through the completely to get there.
Despite much of of The Battle of Tabato being quite confusing (this is understandable considering the foreign culture being examined here), arresting imagery, exotic music and moments of real power combine to make a noteworthy film. 7/10