- Release Date: Dec 10, 2004
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MatthewJun 22, 200510It is a rare film that asks questions of those who watch it, and this is one of those films. What happens when our civilization's enlightened discourse falls short of the mark? Oliveira does not propose an answer, in its place, he gives an explosion. The explosion at the end recontextualizes everything that has come before it: the long (some might say boring) tableaux become beautiful because they are revealed as ephemeral; the whimsical (some might say pointless) song and conversations become heartfelt because, after the explosion, human hearts (and the rest of the body) have disintegrated. This is not a thinking man's film; it is for people who have faith in their own emotions.… Collapse
sethApr 11, 200510Very solid film, I enjoyed every last minute. It worked on the level of travelogue, if you're interested in european culture and want to tag along for an interesting trip it's fun in that way. It's ultimately about much more and this greater level of depth is why the movie's a 10 and not just a fun little trifle.