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The Invisible Life

  • Drama
  • 2013
  • Vítor Gonçalves
  • 102 mins
  • PG

Summary

Night falls over Lisbon. But Hugo can't go home. Antonio has died, and for some reason, he can't stop thinking about his old love, Adriana.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Returning to directing for the first time since making a favourable impression with A Girl In Summer (1986) and Midnight (1988), Portuguese director Vitor Gonçalves pays tribute to mentor Antonio Reis with this occasionally gauche and frustratingly obscure exercise in slow cinema. A civil servant (Filipo Duarte) is so moved by the death of his boss (João Perry) that he seeks to understand the significance of a bequeathed reel of Super 8 film. But, such is the wilful nature of the non-storytelling that it's difficult to know whether Duarte's encounters with an old flame (Maria João Pinho) and an enigmatic Pedro Lamares are memories or imagination. Gonçalves is seemingly intent on invoking a puzzle picture like Alain Resnais's Last Year at Marienbad (1961) for a teasing treatise on love, loss, isolation and seizing the moment. But, while images of Lisbon's Commerce Square are evocative, British artist Julie Brook's 8mm interludes are perplexing. Some may find all this too mannered and theatrical to intrigue, or engage, but a bit of background reading will reward those prepared to find the subtextual meaning.

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Credits

Cast

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HugoFilipe Duarte
AntónioJoão Perry
AdrianaMaria João Pinho
SandroPedro Lamares
PaulaSusana Arrais

Crew

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DirectorVítor Gonçalves

Details

Theatrical distributor
Independent Cinema Office
Released on
2015-04-17
Languages
English | Portuguese
Formats
Colour
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