Com imagens deslumbrantes da opulência de sheiks do Catar, este documentário evita ser invasivo, com pouquíssimos diálogos presentes e nenhuma entrevista individual ou coletiva. Há temas interessantíssimos presentes: o contraste da tradição e a tecnologia moderna, a alienação da ultra-elite da vivência com outras classes, os rituais exclusivamente masculinos, e além. Um deslumbre do surreal presente na realidade.
Empty of any style: looks like an advertisement for Lamborghini - which perhaps it is. All that is interesting disappeared: the expatriates from asia who serve this golden elites, falconnery as an emblem of prestige, relations of power between the big tribal families competing for symbolic domination through animal sports. And we find ourselves looking to the lives of this elite through their complaisant eyes.
A beautiful film about wealth, masculinity and power over nature: man with a cheetah in a Lamborghini, man with falcons in a Gulfstream private jet, fleets of Toyota Landcruisers tearing up the dunes, Hells Angels with no helmets on bikes whose chromework has been replaced by gold plating. What a shower they are.
Another reviewer rightly pointed to the simulacrum. Indeed, this initially mesmerizing and hyperreal depiction of an all-male universe captures well the self-referential rituals in a bizarre osmosis of hyperconsumption and tradition. The film, for all its merits, runs dry halfway through the exhaustion of its theme. Anthropologically revealing, cinematically unsure of its intentions. Recommended though.