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Monday, December 10, 2007

Colossal Youth

posted by on December 10 at 16:27 PM

The title may put you in mind of a reality TV show about obese teens (I think the translation is a little off), but maybe that’s OK—this difficult Portuguese movie is about the trauma of modern urban existence, thousands of miles and multiple chemicals away from traditional lifestyles.


Colossal Youth

The final entry in Pedro Costa’s Vanda series finds Ventura, a statuesque older man from the Fountaínhas slum, scouting a unit in a new government housing project for his disparate “children,” including the methadone-dependent Vanda from the previous films. The shots are studiously static and the narrative is hard to follow, but the characters—all played by nonprofessional actors from the community—are obstinate and fascinating. Ultimately, the string that binds the sprawling, 155-minute film is not the ennobling lighting and pretty digital cinematography, but an evocative letter home to Cape Verde that one resident has committed to heart, like a poem or a prayer. (ANNIE WAGNER)

Colossal Youth, which just this weekend won the Los Angeles Film Critics award for 2007’s best independent/experimental film, gets two screenings in Seattle on Wednesday at Northwest Film Forum. (Tonight there are two screenings of In Vanda’s Room, the second film in the series, which I haven’t seen yet.)

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And I thought life in Sweeney Todd was hard.

Posted by Will in Seattle | December 10, 2007 4:32 PM

Is the soundtrack by Young Marble Giants?

Posted by Fnarf | December 10, 2007 5:04 PM

darn Fnarf beat me to it....

Posted by MSW | December 10, 2007 5:13 PM

It's not the best record ever made, but if you said it was I wouldn't disagree with you.

Posted by Fnarf | December 10, 2007 5:34 PM

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