Horse Money (2015)

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A visionary masterwork from the renowned director of COLOSSAL YOUTH, Pedro Costa's HORSE MONEY is a mesmerizing odyssey into the real, imagined and nightmarish memories of the elderly Ventura, a Cape Verdean immigrant living in Lisbon. The time is now, a numbing and timeless present of hospital stays, bureaucratic questioning, and wandering through remembered spaces... and suddenly it is also then, the mid '70s and the time of Portugal's Carnation Revolution, when Ventura got into a knife fight with his friend Joaquim. HORSE MONEY is a self-reckoning, a moving memorialization of lives in danger of being forgotten, as well as a piercingly beautiful work of modern cinema. (C) Cinema Guild

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The director has plenty of influences, Stanley Kubrick and Old Hollywood classicists such as John Ford among them. But his style is his own: exacting, but dreamlike.

Jan 14, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

E even within the context of such unevenness, Costa's commitment to chronicling and implicitly dignifying the sufferings of the oppressed and the exploited provides Horse Money with a solid core.

Sep 18, 2015 | Full Review…

As gorgeous and impenetrable as a dream.

Jul 24, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Audiences unfamiliar with Mr. Costa are likely to find the experience incomprehensible, but "Horse Money" offers a challenge worth meeting for viewers prepared to give it patience.

Jul 23, 2015 | Full Review…

If Horse Money is unmistakably a continuation of Costa's general line of inquiry, it also feels like a further refinement of his technique, from its comparatively taut running time to the shadowy expressiveness of the HD imagery.

Jul 22, 2015 | Full Review…
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The particulars of what's happening are never clear, but what matters always is: Costa again steeps us in a crumbling world, in anger and loss, in the alienation of an impoverished and marginalized life.

Jul 21, 2015 | Full Review…

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