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Casa de Lava

Regisserad av Pedro Costa
Portugal, Frankrike, 1994
  • Portugisiska
  • Engelska


A nurse, Mariana (Inês de Medeiros), accompanies Leão (Isaach de Bankolé) to his home on the volcanic islands of Cape Verde after an accident leaves him in a coma—but he goes unrecognized by fellow denizens, leaving Mariana trapped with and eventually entranced by a mysterious community.

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With the latest film by the great Portuguese director Pedro Costa winning top prize at the Locarno Film Festival, we revive his masterpiece that obliquely re-imagines Jacques Tourneur’s B-horror classic I Walked with a Zombie on the mythical landscape post-colonial Cape Verde. Transcendent.

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…If one combines this struggle with Costa’s uncanny and always evolving talent for composition and color, the overall aspiration resembles both what Godard has called “the definitive by chance” and the fusion of fiction and documentary sought and found by Kiarostami… Casa de Lava may be the film of Costa’s that poses the most constant and furious tug of war in his oeuvre between Hollywood narrative and the portraiture of both places and people, staging an almost epic battle between the two.
January 01, 2012
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Elliptical, stylized melodrama whose narrative shortcomings are compensated by the powerful mood of eerie alienation it conjures.
December 27, 2006
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Visually, Costa reflects this sense of metaphysical transience through recurring murky, crepuscular, and eerily otherworldly images of volcanic activity, clandestine encounters, and waves violently crashing against the shore.
May 18, 2006
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