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5.0 out of 5 stars a very impressive look at poverty, May 28, 2010
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Ted "Ted" (Pennsylvania, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa (DVD)
This set includes three films by Pedro Costa taking place in the Lisbon slums of Fontainhas inhabited by immigrants from Cape Verde.

There are 4 discs 3 of them contain films with their own supplements and a 4th disc of supplements

The first film, Ossos, deals with a suicidal pregnant teen who gives the baby to it's father. The supplements are interviews with selected crew, a slide show of pictures relevant to the film and an essay about the film by Jeff Wall.

The second film, In Vanda's Room, is a look at the poverty in the slums and focuses on a heroin addict named Vanda. Supplements include a photo gallery and audio commentary of Costa talking about the film with Jean-Pierre Gorin.

The third film, Colossal Youth, deals with a Cape Verdean immigrant and his move from the slums to public housing. The supplement is Pedro Costa talking with Jean-Pierre Gorin.

The supplements on disc 4 are
a documentary on Costa, two of Costa's short films, "Tarrafal" and "The Rabbit Hunters", and outtakes from In Vanda's Room and Colossal Youth.

This is an impressive set and made aware to me that poverty still exists in developed countries at a level I never anticipated. Some of these slums look like ones in the third world.
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4 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pedro Costa's trilogy, July 9, 2010
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This review is from: Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa (DVD)
Pedro Costa allows us to observe the lives of the poor of Fontainhas. It is, what it is. The hacking cough, daly drug use, mundane conversations, are repeated in different stages of family life in such poverty. The cinematography seems much to beautiful for this environment, black and white would seem more appropriate .One of the younger women in the first film is to beautiful for the part.We , as viewers, never get to leave this "ghetto". People leave for work , come home, but we stay ,with the constant coughing ,images of poverty so beautifully filmed.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good, February 12, 2013
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This review is from: Letters from Fontainhas: Three Films by Pedro Costa (DVD)
Product in good conditions and good contents. I bought it new.
I really liked it and i recommend it a lot.
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