A tantalizing mix of documentary, fiction and everything in-between, Miguel Gomes' multi-award-winning film is his intoxicating love song to rural Portugal... and to cinema. Intricately structured and beautifully filmed, Gomes creates a narrative that slowly and craftily emerges into the sunlight from under its documentary canvas, through the entrancing use of visuals, sound and music. In its deliberate moulding of documentary into fiction and vice versa, and with its nods to The Wizard of Oz as well as to the universe of Apichatpong and Pedro Costa, the film follows a playful, evolutionary path to become something wholly individual and very unique.
A long film without a pleasing resolution
- Our Beloved Month of August review by VR
I watched this film hoping something might actually happen. I waiting through the lovely views of the Algarve and the explanation of why people have to look out for smoke in the arid pine and eucalyptus forest. I understand as a person who is half Portuguese that this could lead to a life and death situation, but I was hoping for something more than the Karaoke story line.
I know personally that life is slower there and they rely on the fruits of their labour, but I felt that everyone had such low expectations for life. To me the film was repetitive and the promised amateur film was never made. This film was too long 2 hours and 24 minutes. The story line of the young cousins seemed sleazy to me and just an opportunity to have a sex scene with the young cast. Not believable.