I read the Watershed’s somewhat mysterious/intriguing blurb on this film and decided to “give it a go”. The blurb clearly didn’t have the same effect on the rest of Bristol’s population as it played to an audience of just FIVE (and, until the adverts started, there were only two of us!) when I went along a couple of evenings ago.I’m still not quite sure what to make of it.
Miguel Gomes’s film is in two parts… and in black+white. The first is set in modern-day Lisbon and recounts exchanges between two neighbours – one a devout Catholic and the other an elderly, cranky and somewhat haughty woman (Aurora); the second part is set in the Portuguese Mozambique of the 1960s and is a flash-back to Aurora’s youth and her relationship with a handsome, free-wheeling young man (it has no dialogue, merely a simple voice-over commentary).
Slow-paced, rather elegant, with a fairly naïve storyline… but I ended up rather liking it!