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The Eye Above the Well

Het oog boven de put

Netherlands, 1988


An anthropological documentary about life in Kerala.

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  • José Neves's rating of the film The Eye Above the Well

    As Rossellini's "India: Matri Bhumi", this film finds in the magic of what's visible, the root and the spirit of a country and its people, watching them with the social straightforwardness that imposes but, simultaneously, with the wisdom of the one who also sees a concomitant mythological reality: History and legend at the same time-experience, in the same look-frame, involving a sweet and accomplice ritualization,

  • João Eça's rating of the film The Eye Above the Well

    The necessity to narrate twice the parable of the well is somehow a reflex of this film's structural failure: the images may speak for themselves (they are, as documentaries should, full of reality) but they don't speak with one another. The contrast between tradition and modernity is never fully expressed. The middle part of the film follows a single character and fails: Keuken is an artist of fragments and details.

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