Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema is proud to present the following screening:
Dir: Marco Martins. (2005) Portugal; 102 min.
“Shot in a dark, depressive undertone, Alice unveils a Lisbon whose mists, colours, alleys and moods are strangers, despite the familiarity of the locations. All seems odd, silently cruel, as cruel is the disappearance of a child from the path she’d travelled every day in (apparent) safety. The anguish is masterfully conveyed, and so is the loneliness of both parents.”
“The influential critic Andrew Sarris thought it measured up to the best of Godard, Truffaut and Polanski. The New Yorker’s Penelope Gilliatt called it “a work of peculiar, cock-a-hoop giftsEverything in this movie is really well done. From the breathtaking performances from the leading actors, the amazing photography, the fantastic soundtrack(which is repetitive, but it relates to the sense of routine the main character has come to terms with) to the way that Lisbon is shot, it is a must-see for anyone who enjoys great dramatic movies. It is great to see a Portuguese movie that IS NOT a Manoel de Oliveira wannabe. It is also kind of minimalistic and slow, but it has it’s own way of telling a story. This movie came as a surprise to me because I have never seen a Portuguese movie so well done. It is the supreme evidence that less is more. I can’t wait to see Marco Martins’ next project.” (*)
You can watch a clip of the film here.
(*) Internet Movie Database