Our Beloved Month of August (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Our Beloved Month of August (2010)




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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

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (4)

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

September 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.

September 1, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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.

August 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.

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

Perplexing but at times captivating freewheeling docudrama, neither a documentary nor a narrative film, that blends fact and fiction into the filmmaker's unique art form.

December 21, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Doesn't so much blend disparate genres as collapse them into a uniquely evocative collage.

December 2, 2010 | Rating: B | Full Review…

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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