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  • Summary: Each citizen of Jotuomba plays an integral role in village life. Madalena is responsible for baking bread; each morning she stacks her rolls as Antonio prepares the coffee. The two share a morning ritual of arguments and insults, followed by an amicable cup of coffee on the bench outside Antonio's shop. At midday the church bells ring, summoning the villagers to mass. In the early evening, they all share a meal together. And so life proceeds in Jotuomba, the days languidly drifting into one another. The only variations seem to be in the weather. One day Rita arrives looking for a place to stay. She came upon the village while traveling through the valley, following the unused railroad tracks. She is a photographer, intent on capturing the village's special allure. Initially reticent, the townsfolk gradually open up to her, sharing their stories and allowing themselves to be photographed. Rita is comfortable with technologies old and new, and Madalena teaches her to knead dough by the light of an oil lamp. Only the village priest continues to find Rita's presence worrisome, especially when she begins asking about the locked cemetery. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Andrew Lapin
    Jun 1, 2012
    Even as it depicts a forgotten way of life, Found Memories is already on its way to becoming a relic itself, its glacial, meditative style an anachronism in the 21st century.
  2. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    May 29, 2012
    Initially treated like the parasite she appears to be, over the course of this crisp, gracefully inflected meditation on time's passage, Rita develops the interest in her subjects that turns an image into more than stolen light.
  3. Reviewed by: Eric Hynes
    May 29, 2012
    Brazilian filmmaker Júlia Murat's first narrative feature is a mesmerizing, slow-build marvel.
  4. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    May 29, 2012
    Julia Murat shows a fine grasp of form, letting her technique reflect the elements and moods of her story.
  5. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    May 29, 2012
    Though the focus is on one older woman (effectively played by Sonia Guedes) the film's spirit is embodied by the whole town, which lingers in the memory.
  6. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 31, 2012
    Its clever final plot twist adds a gratifying jolt of the uncanny to what is otherwise a charming, bittersweet meditation on the passage of time and the equivocal power of images to capture an older world at the moment of its disappearance.
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  1. Jul 23, 2012
    This is a sumptuous work of gorgeously framed scenes. And it features an understated plot line made wonderous by the likes of 'actors' who are so natural they are indeed rural Brazilians. Expand