The legend of an ancient civilization lies buried under a large expanse of dunes. Travelers have always reached this remote territory looking for the traces of the ruins of a city, or perhaps a lost utopia. Some men, barely visible among the sands, today inhabit this solitary place facing the sea.
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It's incredibly beautiful, but all the beauty in the world doesn't make a film instantly watchable. Pared down to a third, it would be better. Adored the parrot, the men singing, the mythology, but the rest tested out my patience.
The films that really stick with me take me to a place I have never been, and will probably never go. This film is visually and aurally enchanting. It is a deep history of a place that need not tell its story by recounting in chronological order dates and events. With the sparest of narration it nonetheless evokes a sense of historical change over both centuries but also minutes. A truly great film.
I kept waiting for this to add up to something. Or to make a point about the very impossibility of adding up to something. Or for the metaphor about what is buried to have some kind of referent. Or for Godot. I like drone music, and at times the shifting sands and tidal washes took on a charm of their own and became a type of drone visual. But it was not enough. I suppose that was the point? Nothing is enough?