Colossal Youth (Juventude Em Marcha)

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Colossal Youth is an enthralling and epic reverie whose running time will test -- and ultimately reward -- viewer's patience.



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Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa offers a long and richly detailed look at his nation's poor and needy in this affecting blend of drama and documentary. Fontainhas was a community in Lisbon primarily populated by exiles from Cape Verde; Costa shot two of his earlier films there, Bones and In Vanda's Room, but Portuguese authorities tore down the village to make room for a new construction project, and its people were relocated to Casal Boba, a housing project on the edge of Lisbon. Ventura was a native of Fontainhas who appeared in Bones; he and his wife, Clotilde (Isabel Cardoso), moved to Casal Boba, but Clotilde became disenchanted with her new surroundings and left him to move back to Cape Verde. Now Ventura, left to his own devices, struggles to make a decent and dignified home for himself and the friends he calls his "children" in the slums of Casal Boba, including Vanda (Vanda Duarte), a recovering drug addict who was the focus of In Vanda's Room, and Lento (Alberto Barros), a close friend who is the only one Ventura trusts to hear the lovesick poetry he's written for his absent wife. Colossal Youth received its North American premiere at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi


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  • You need a bit of patience with director Pedro Costa.

    Jul 6, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wally Hammond

    Time Out
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  • Frustrating perhaps, but hypnotic if you can stick with it.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

    Top Critic
  • 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.

    Jan 18, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • Beautifully photographed, the elliptical, often mysterious and wholly beguiling film Colossal Youth looks and sounds as if it were made on another planet.

    Aug 8, 2007 | Rating: 4.5/5
  • 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.

    Aug 2, 2007
  • 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.

    Jul 31, 2007 | Full Review…

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