Vitalina Varela Reviews

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October 30, 2020
The cinematography is other worldly. [Full Review in Spanish]
October 12, 2020
With Vitalina Varela [director Pedro] Costa has reached a new zenith. [Full review in Spanish]
September 16, 2020
There is a reason there are not many films like this. Vitalina Varela is so uncompromising and so concentrated that it threatens to absorb the projector beam...
August 6, 2020
The enduring paradox of Costa's work is that this setting has its own irresistible glamour, reminiscent of fashion photography; the people he films are his models.
July 16, 2020
Director Pedro Costa's film is stunning to behold.
July 1, 2020
...a work of astonishing visual richness, boasting a depth of dark and light, a fullness of color, and an exquisite care for composition.
June 4, 2020
If you can give two hours of your existence to a dark room and sincere thought, there's nothing more essential available right now.
May 7, 2020
The film, shot almost entirely at night by cinematographer Leonardo Simões, is breathtakingly beautiful...In one beautiful bit of alchemy, clothespins appear as raised praying hands over black cloaks which dance as Vitalina edges past them.
May 2, 2020
It feels strange to say that Vitalina Varela is a visually stunning film because what it depicts is an ugly failing of people. It's a film submerged in regret, remorse, anger, and in some ways a faint light of hope (but just faint).
April 30, 2020
Vitalina Varela isn't going to be for everyone as a result. It might be slow moving, but it's emotionally profound.
April 22, 2020
Masterful cinema and a no holds barred lesson about people who are counted out and find hope in themselves.
April 15, 2020
Vitalina Varela is essential filmmaking from an essential filmmaker, and maybe the way Costa and Varela explore grief's every nook and cranny will yield unexpected relief from our own.
April 14, 2020
In Vitalina Varela, we venture through the slums of Lisbon, where the locals shower in sewers and the camera bathes in darkness. It's a world where every ray of light grabs your attention; every frame recalls the silhouetted figures of Rembrandt.
April 6, 2020
Combines fiction and nonfiction to deliver a heartbreaking story that looks unlike anything you've ever seen.
April 1, 2020
Vitalina Varela has so many resonant scenes like this that you're bound to walk away haunted by a few.
March 28, 2020
This is a very artful, very methodical, slow and deliberately-paced look at the people of Cape Verde and their struggles.
March 27, 2020
A masterfully composed film.
March 27, 2020
Watching as Costa evades any kind of narrative artifice, we realize how daring the filmmaking is as a portrait of an all-enveloping mood.
March 26, 2020
Vitalina Varela is demanding, rewarding, and ineffably stirring.
March 26, 2020
It is a rich viewing experience during a period with a dearth of them, especially when the final image - ironic, jarring, and sad - is revealed.
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