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You need a bit of patience with director Pedro Costa.
Frustrating perhaps, but hypnotic if you can stick with it.
If you are able to slow down to Colossal Youth's deliberate rhythms, there's a strong chance you'll be dragged in by the film's undertow and resurface completely mesmerized.
Beautifully photographed, the elliptical, often mysterious and wholly beguiling film Colossal Youth looks and sounds as if it were made on another planet.
Eventually, across the monumental boredom, mesmerizing, nearly still images and poetic rhythms of this 155-minute film, something like pathos or meaning can be sensed, if not really apprehended.
Rather than impose actors on the scene, Costa involves the people who already live there. Instead of training them to perform a story, he locates a skeletal narrative from a rehearsal process based on their personal stories.
There is a strange type of anonymity to this film, as if the personality behind the camera has utterly vanished, allowing what is depicted, to be genuinely seen, not just looked at.
Costa strikes at the core of what makes these people tick and the tragedy of their being ignored and abandoned by the government and general population.
If you're not already a fan of Costa by now, joyfully mainlining on his existential aesthetic, you better sidestep this one.
Colossal Youth demands to be seen more than once.
[VIDEO ESSAY] How human beings learn from history in the face of unending injustice, or retain their dignity when everything is taken from them, are just a couple of the titanic issues Pedro Costa grapples with.
Pedro Costa's chronicle of poverty and loneliness is tough and demanding to watch but ultimately rewarding.
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