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I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You (2011)


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José Renato, a 35-year-old geologist, is sent on a fieldtrip to the scrublands of the Sertão, a semi-arid isolated region in the northeast of Brazil. The goal of his survey is to assess possible routes for a water canal from the region's only voluminous river. For many of the region's inhabitants, the canal will be a lifeline, the chance for a future and a source of hope. But for those living on the canal's direct course, it means only requisitions, departure, and loss. Many of the properties

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As singular as its title, "I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You" embraces road movie, personal journal and trancelike study of arcing grief.

March 24, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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The movie's true brilliance comes from its portrayal of how the world curls around you in the grip of heartache-every song on the radio, every face you see, every story you're told reflecting only what you've lost.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Like the best trips, I Travel goes places that couldn't have been anticipated.

March 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Dramatized as narrative by its narration, this drama is able to free-associate just as the human mind does. The journey is pilgrimage which circles inwards to the heart of love and failure

April 5, 2012 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
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Spellbinding little movie deserves lots of attention.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Boldly introspective but illuminating travelogue across a desolate landscape in modern-day Brazil by an existential outsider.

March 23, 2011 Full Review Source:

Krim Aïnouz and Marcelo Gomes blend documentary with fiction to forge a tactile, strikingly woozy first-person perspective.

March 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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the purest form of a road movie, it traces a geologist's journey through brazil's northern territory on a quest to find something and to lose something. hypnotic. watch it here --> docalliance:
November 4, 2011
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A simple yet absolutely original experimental project made as a documentary using landscape footage and the voice of the protagonist, whose face we never see. A special, bitterly sad road movie that moved me beyond words, showing a man gradually sliding into depression as he finds himself all alone and far from the woman he loves.
December 15, 2010

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