Our Beloved Month of August

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With just two features and half a dozen shorts to his name, Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes has established himself as one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary cinema, developing an exhilaratingly original, truly head-scratching, and inexplicably beguiling approach to filmmaking. Combining the meta-fictional gamesmanship and mystery of Jacques Rivette with the blurring of documentary and narrative modes that has proven a favored (and highly productive) strategy of many of today's most gifted filmmakers (Pedro Costa, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Ulrich Seidl, and others), Gomes has confidently staked out a territory all his own. His most recent feature film, OUR BELOVED MONTH OF AUGUST is truly something new under the sun, a category-exploding whatsit that's nevertheless so seductive and effortlessly compelling from moment to moment that its wanderings between different cinematic realms (conceived as a fictional film, it transformed itself into a documentary on summer music festivals in rural Portugal when the funding fell through, only to grope its way back towards fiction during production) ultimately seem almost irrelevant. -- (C) Film Forum


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Critic Reviews for Our Beloved Month of August

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  • The whole turns out to be less than the sum of its elegantly constructed and cleverly uncategorizable parts.

    Sep 3, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The promise on display is impressive; consider the film a calling card from someone to keep a very close eye on.

    Sep 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • Transparently a movie about a group of filmmakers who attempt to possess a particular location, Our Beloved Month relaxes into a meditation on the mysteries of place, personality, and process.

    Aug 31, 2010 | Full Review…
  • As dazzling feats of narrative acrobatics go, this ingeniously self-reflexive second feature from maverick writer-director Miguel Gomes stands in a league of its own.

    Feb 2, 2010 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

    David Jenkins

    Time Out
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  • Our Beloved Month Of August is a real one-off: eccentric and singular and cerebral: an arthouse event, yes, but also witty and emotionally engaged. I found myself thinking about it for days afterwards - and smiling a very great deal. Try it.

    Feb 2, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • There are postmodern rewards aplenty here for the patient viewer.

    Feb 2, 2010 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Our Beloved Month of August


This ingenious Portuguese production is a curious amalgam of documentary and fiction - an adorable metalinguistic experiment that plays with blending reality and performance to tell its story. The result may not appeal to everyone, but I found it quite interesting.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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