A film like a game

While I haven’t yet had time to read this interview with the Portuguese filmmaker Miguel Gomes, I nevertheless think it’s worth a look if you’re at all interested in contemporary international cinema. Gomes’ most recent film, “Our Beloved Month of August” (2008), was one of the major coups at last year’s Wisconsin Film Festival; it can now be seen for a mere $3 over at the Auteurs.

“Our Beloved Month of August” is as playful (and long) as a film by Jacques Rivette, as full of life as a film by Jean Renoir, as ethnographically penetrating as a film by Gomes’ countryman Pedro Costa, and as formally ambitious as a film by Apichatpong Weerasethakuhl. (Like Weerasethakuhl’s “Symptoms and a Century” and “Tropical Malady,” the narrative of “Our Beloved Month of August” is strategically bifurcated.) Highly recommended.

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