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Fados (2009)

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96

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 1

Even those unfamiliar with the Portuguese soul music at the heart of Carlos Saura's film will find it a beautifully enchanting work of cinema.

93

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 1

Even those unfamiliar with the Portuguese soul music at the heart of Carlos Saura's film will find it a beautifully enchanting work of cinema.

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Focuses on fado, a type of music that can be traced back to 1820's Portugal. Through a series of musical vignettes, we journey through the history of fado, studying its various styles and permutations as it absorbs Brazilian and African influences.

Oct 20, 2009

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June 11, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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For those who've never before heard fado, Fados will be a revelation -- a window into a music that (like blues music) can be poetic, heartbreaking, melodramatic and redemptive, all at the same time.

June 5, 2009 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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Never is his film less than cinematic.

May 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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[Director] Saura's personal love of fado goes back to his youth, and Fados reflects what is clearly his deeply imaginative, inner relationship with the genre's songs about loss, shifting hopes and elusive happiness.

April 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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That you very likely know nothing about who those legends are concerns Saura not at all; made for aficionados, Fados is virtually context-free.

April 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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In total, there are more than a dozen performance pieces, all stylishly lensed.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Celebrates fados, Portugal's traditional music.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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The third segment in Carlos Saura's musical trilogy that also includes Flamenco and Tango.

July 3, 2011 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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If you're disquieted by something in your life, 88 minutes with this collection of Fados will calm your innermost travails, guaranteed.

May 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals

Fados is basically a collection of musical performances by two dozen practitioners of the form, but Saura always finds a way to make it cinematic.

May 8, 2009
Kansas City Star

Fados isn't just a director's look at one genre of music, it's a celebration of the special relationship between music, dance and film.

April 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

A soulful and enchanting celebration of fados that will delight fans both old and new.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Will speak to ethnomusicologists and cineastes alike.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

I was familiar with the fado style, but had never heard of any of the performers here, and I still loved this.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Magically, not a traditional tour of the sweet home of fados. . . though some repeated projections become precious, clearly places fados in the world music pantheon.

March 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Film-Forward.com
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Carlos Saura's valentine to fado, Portugal's blues music, is exciting despite the director's imposition of dance production numbers which add a note of dissonance.

February 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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