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Gomes's Arabian Nights exerts its own strange allure.
The films are enchanting for their irony, their humanity, and their reflexiveness.
The subtitle tells the truth; here is a wonderfully restless movie.
Some of the stories are genuinely affecting. But Gomes' arcane storytelling style and frequent use of absurdity will require a good deal of patience from filmgoers.
Each of these stories slowly unfurls its metaphoric underpinning and meaning in modern Portuguese politics just in time for the next fable to begin.
There is a fine line between delving into the mysteries of life and engaging in mystification, and Mr. Gomes lands on the wrong side of it.
The trilogy plays like a cry of frustration from a filmmaker who loves the people at the bottom and loathes the people at the top.
here's nothing superfluous about it. The weight of the passage lies in the accumulation, progression, and collision of these people's stories.
A mystical, social and filled with landscapes trip about a Portugal in crisis of everything. [Full review in Spanish]
It is strongly advised to watch it over three days, not in a single sitting, especially since that's the best way to absorb its deeply felt compassion.
The film fires its political bullets through eccentric humour, madcap digressions, while most importantly, it shows generosity to acknowledge the faces of the men and women whose stories it is telling.
Inventive and surprisingly moving.
A restless director plunges us in a brilliant blend of documentary and fiction to comment on the political situation of contemporary Portugal: austerity, economic crisis, unemployment and the emptiness of our times; and he does so with a lot of compassion and a wonderful humor.
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