Critic Consensus: Even those unfamiliar with the Portuguese soul music at the heart of Carlos Saura's film will find it a beautifully enchanting work of cinema.
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For those who've never before heard fado, Fados will be a revelation -- a window into a music that (like blues music) can be poetic, heartbreaking, melodramatic and redemptive, all at the same time.
[Director] Saura's personal love of fado goes back to his youth, and Fados reflects what is clearly his deeply imaginative, inner relationship with the genre's songs about loss, shifting hopes and elusive happiness.
That you very likely know nothing about who those legends are concerns Saura not at all; made for aficionados, Fados is virtually context-free.
Audience Reviews for Fados
A series of music videos playing Fado music. It was interesting to see the many interpretations for the songs. Some of the singers are actually Brazilian, so some of them already mixed a little bit of Samba with it.
Another terrific musical film from Carlos Saura. Great visuals put to the music and dances. I enjoyed his previous movie "Iberia" a little more since that was my first exposure to Carlos Saura, but this tribute to Portuguese fado music is another fine work of his.
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