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 through which Renato passes will be flooded; many of the people and families will be relocated. As the fieldtrip progresses, it becomes clear that Renato shares something in common with the places he visits: emptiness, a sense of abandonment, and isolation. His geological research is slowly pervaded by a sensation of groundlessness, an incessant pining for his ex-wife, and a yearning to return home. But he presses ahead, continuing the trip in the hope that the voyage can somehow transmute his feelings. This haunting, melancholy, and resourceful film takes the form of a first-person travelogue, communicating its unseen protagonist's sensibility and state of mind through an impressionistic photographic record of the landscapes through which he travels and the people he encounters, and his own nakedly revealing, confessional narration. A simple but beautiful film which glides fluidly and elegantly across the borders between fictional narrative, documentary, and experimental filmmaking, I TRAVEL... is difficult to categorize but impossible to resist. -- (c) Anthology … More
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Critic Reviews for I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You
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.
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.
Like the best trips, I Travel goes places that couldn't have been anticipated.
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
Boldly introspective but illuminating travelogue across a desolate landscape in modern-day Brazil by an existential outsider.
Audience Reviews for I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You
What a strange movie! Never saw a movie like this before. It's too original and different .This bizarre Brazilian movie without any actor, only with a narrator is like a compelling nightmare. Its haunting images are strangely scary and at the same time thought-provoking.More
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: http://dafilms.com/event/52/More
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.More
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