Tabu (2012)

tabuTabu of Miguel Gomes is a peculiar, unique movie. It is like two almost unconnected movies bind together, a short and a long story. Both talking about people: their differences and similarities, the ghosts haunting them. It is filmed in black and white (in 2012!). The director presents some scenes where one may here all nature sounds but not the people talking in the scene, as if this is of no importance to the plot. And yes, the eyes, the posture of the actor’s bodies, their attitude, shows more than the irrelevant verbal exchange they would have in that scene. The true story is narrated in the second part and this at times may be tiring but there are moments when it becomes very intense. Although a love story is hot a million times in the cinema, its presentation here has originality.

My rating: 06/10

Wristcutters: A Love Story (2006)

Now, how may I describe that film? Wristcutters is like … bolero of Maurice Ravel: it starts with a low intensity, soft tune and as time passes by, it builds in meaning and intensity. Although sad at the beginning, an air of decadence from start to end, it has a hidden optimism about people and life. Especially at the end 🙂 The music by Gogol Bordello ties up so nicely with the verses of “Through the Roof ‘n’ Underground” and the film…It is as if looking at first at a painting, and you like it but you do not understand why.. but after looking it for some time, you like it even better because things fall into place 🙂

Do not miss it

My rating: 09/10