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An extraordinary film,
This review is from: Tabu [DVD] (DVD)
Apart from anything else, this extraordinary Portuguese film is stunning to look at, black-and-white in Academy ratio with the second half as a silent movie with added sounds and voice-over commentary (comparison with The Artist would not come amiss). In the first half, set in present-day Lisbon, a depressed middle-aged woman called Pilar is trying to cope with her dying demented friend Aurora. Aurora indicates that she would like to contact a long-lost male friend called Ventura, also living in Lisbon but at an unknown address. After Aurora dies, Pilar tracks down Ventura, who proceeds to tell her the story we see in the second half, where he and Aurora had an illicit love affair in the 1960s in an unnamed colony in Africa. On watching the film a second time, various ramblings of the elderly Aurora make sense, in the light of the dramatic events of part 2 (which can be enjoyed as a short silent movie on its own). Oh, and there's lots of shots of crocodiles, both baby and grown-up (also relevant to the story).
Disc 2 consists of two short films by Gomes, of little interest as far as I could see. And there are no "extras" worth speaking of. But those deficiencies are fully compensated for by the fascinating and extraordinary Tabu.