The lives of two lonely souls cross paths, as Rui loses his lover Pedro on the night of their anniversary and Odete, upset after her boyfriend leaves her after she mentions a desire to have a child, becomes obsessed with the deceased Pedro, whom she never met.
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It is always a surprise when you fall in love with a movie. At Pedro's tomb Odette says "I've come to meet you. Now, nobody will set us apart." Rui says "I can't get myself here. It frightens me." Later Odette says to Rui "Let him come back." Kangaroo by Alex Chilton was perfect for the car driving scene and the repeated piano refrain by Filipe Raposo was great. Cinematography by Rui Poças fantastic. Thank you João.
Another one I regret not watching sooner. I wish I did so I could get this review in. This is a weird movie in all the right ways. I won't get into any synopsis stuff but the opening of this set the tone really well. Get this in when you can.
A filmmaker throwing an absolutely wild pitch w/ everything behind it. Nowhere near the plate. Yes. This is an attempt at unalloyed, bombastic melodrama. It's not short on balls. But it is awkward in gait and generally ham-fisted. Owes a lot to New Queer Cinema of the 90s. Owes a lot to Almodóvar and, weirdly, sorta, Gregg Araki. Choral version of "Smells Like Teen Spirit" is where I really started losing patience.
Great film from Rodrigues that transcends gender and sexual identity in telling a story about a woman who becomes obsessed with passing herself off as a dead man's pregnant girlfriend despite the fact that he was in a homosexual relationship and that hers is a hysterical pregnancy (!). Frankly sexual but expertly told drama with just a hint of the danger of his previous work (O Fantasma). Highly recommended.
3.5 - at times a bit too melodramatic for my tastes. however, the ebb and flow of shifting ideal (life and death, gender, tonality) added to the haunting delusions of Odete and the tragedy of Rui and Pedro.
Aptly called Drifter - the script writer pretty much drifted away at every plot points - characters pulled no stops in conniving with the writer. This film will push your imagination to the limits and test you during the film, if you drifting too far from the shore. I must say the performances were outstanding - Odete's character is simply impossible to essay. Watch this film at your own risk for be wary of drifters