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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.
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.
As gorgeous and impenetrable as a dream.
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.
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.
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.
I found watching this work to be as pleasurable as watching a rock on a table. It was, yes, beautiful at times, and the face of the main character is impressive, but Horse Money seemed to go on and on.
There's no denying the artistry, with strikingly lit and framed compositions, but Horse Moneys opacity proves frustrating.
Seeing this movie is like if film history happening before your eyes. [Full review in Spanish]
As someone who has reinvigorated the art of docufiction in his own quiet, minimal way, Costa's films are meticulous in their representation of the real, which comes into a bit of a tussle with the abstract nature of Horse Money
Horse Money is likely the Costa film that best exemplifies the influence of classical Hollywood genre cinema on his work.
This Portugese oddity represents arthouse film-making taken to insanely inscrutable heights.
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