A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
A2P Cinema 100 Films of the Aughts
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I'M GOING HOME
2001 - Manoel de Oliveira - France / Portugal
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Manoel de Oliveira’s I’m Going Home is a masterpiece achievement. The story is done in such a new and unique from what is to be expected. A famous French actor (who we see at work in the opening) learns that his wife, his daughter, and his son-in-law have all died tragically in an auto accident. He is left to care for his grandson. Rather then relying on the conventions of sorrow or a heart-warming relationship, Oliveira shifts the tone and focus to one that is much simpler and gentler. Ultimately Oliveira makes this a deeply personal film portrait of an artist who is nearing the end of his life and who suppresses grief by continuing with his everyday routines. The film is beautiful shot using lovely Paris locations. Oliveira has been making films since the silent ear and his mastery of visual storytelling is evident throughout the composition and spacing of the film. As with his other films that I saw, Oliveira uses long patent takes sometimes in which the camera does not even move. Personal studies of culture and art as well as the aging process seems to be at the heart of Oliveira later films and this may be the most definitive and accessible example.
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