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Our Beloved Month of August

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In the heart of Portugal, amid the mountains, the month of August is abuzz with people and activity. Emigrants return home, set off fireworks, fight fires, sing karaoke, hurl themselves from bridges, hunt wild boar, drink beer, and make babies. Our Beloved Month of August, from Miguel Gomes (Tabu), one of the most exciting new directors on the international scene, is an intoxicating blend of visuals, sound and music that follows the strange relationship between a father, a daughter and a nephew in a traveling pop band.
SPECIAL FEATURES:
- Carnival: Looking for Paulo 'Miller' (2008, 22 minutes), a short film originally intended for Our Beloved Month of August
- Additional Short Films by Miguel Gomes:
Canticle of All Creatures (2010, 21 minutes)
- Kalkitos (2002, 19 minutes) - 31 / Thirty-One Means Trouble (2001, 27 minutes)
- Deleted Scenes

Review

"Magnificent. Recalls the hedonistic masterpieces of Jean Renoir. A tremendous film of cosmic dimensions." --Olivier Pere, Cinema Scope

"Terrific." --Richard Brody, The New Yorker

"As dazzling feats of narrative acrobatics go, this ingeniously self-reflexive second feature from maverick writer-director Miguel Gomes stands in a league of its own." --Time Out UK

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Product Details

  • Actors: Sonia Bandeira, Joaquim Carvalho
  • Directors: Miguel Gomes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Cinema Guild
  • DVD Release Date: December 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 153 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008YWMOK0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,856 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This Zone-1 DVD may differ slightly from the Zone-2 DVD I bought a few weeks ago, published by Second Run DVD [...]. Here is a comparison:

Zone-2 DVD (shown at several film festivals) - main feature: 144 minutes; special features: 23 minutes (including only one short film, "Canticle of All Creatures"; 16-page booklet featuring an essay by Kieron Corless).

Zone-1 DVD (as described above): 153 minutes run time, including three short films (70 minutes) and "deleted scenes"; published by Cinema Guild.

How the film was made is described in the booklet included with the Zone-2 DVD:

"In summer 2006, when funding collapsed for a feature film he'd planned to shoot in Arganil, Gomes scaled down his crew, downsized from 35mm to 16mm and went there anyway to document the summer festivities, without any clear idea of what he'd use the footage for. Editing it together afterwards he and his collaborators realised, in the light of the amassed material, that they could rework their original script, prune it drastically, and cast some of the people they met to play the characters. They returned to Arganil the following summer to shoot the fictional story in the second half, as well as the scenes with the crew -- Gomes even imposed an arbitrary rule that every crew member and every piece of equipment should appear on screen."

As I said, I own the Zone-2 version, enjoyed it immensely, and do not plan to buy a second version of it.

For your information:

- Arganil is located about 20 miles east of Coimbra, between the Serra de Açor and the Rio Alva.

- other movies by Miguel Gomes: The Face you Deserve (his first full-scale movie), and Tabu (to be released soon).
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Set in Portugal and taking full advantage of the nature and characteristics of the land and its people - at least in one particular provincial location of Arganil - this is a lovely and unusual little film. The style of filmmaking makes it sound a little obscure and intimidating - it's a mixture of documentary, commentary, improvisation and fictional drama with the filmmaking process opened up as well - but the end result is a fun and fascinating film that is not so different from the themes and subject matter of Xavier Giannoli's The Singer starring Gérard Depardieu.

Central to the storyline - such as it is - is Tânia, a young girl who sings in a cabaret band with her father and other relatives. She's becoming close to her cousin, but there's uncertainty about their romantic feelings for each other and it's complicated further by the close bond that exists between her and her father ever since her mother left them years ago. The actual nature of the fictional story isn't the most original or in-depth examination of the father/daughter relationship. It's got nothing on Ozu and something like Late Spring, but it's the actual nature of how this story is developed that makes Our Beloved Month of August rather more compelling.

Earlier, the filmmakers themselves feature, interviewing real-life and larger-than-life characters in the beautiful little provincial area, getting a feel for the lives of the people there, and through the almost documentary approach (fact blending with fiction however, it's not that straightforward or clear-cut), we gradually get to know the people, their background, culture, traditions and attitudes, and out of this, a story seems to rise naturally.
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A great representation of a annual 'ritual' for many Portuguese living abroad that return home for the month of August. The perspectives of both the emigrants and the people still living in their hometowns is captured to perfection.
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