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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Marcelo Gomes, Karim Aïnouz
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as Jose Renato

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Critic Reviews for I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

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.

Full Review… | March 24, 2011
New York Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Like the best trips, I Travel goes places that couldn't have been anticipated.

Full Review… | March 22, 2011
Village Voice
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | April 5, 2012
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Spellbinding little movie deserves lots of attention.

Full Review… | March 25, 2011
Film Journal International

Boldly introspective but illuminating travelogue across a desolate landscape in modern-day Brazil by an existential outsider.

Full Review… | March 23, 2011

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.

Reza Mohseni

Super Reviewer


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/

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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