O Sangue (Blood)

A film by Pedro Costa | 1989 | 95 minutes

Admirers of Costa’s recent work are often thrown for a thrilling loop by the glossy, liquid textures and lush atmospherics of the director’s first feature, a beguiling fairy tale about the trials undergone by two brothers in the wake of their father’s violent death. Costa, who was barely 30 when O SANGUE (BLOOD) premiered, had spent the seven years leading up to its production immersing himself in the films of Fritz Lang, Kenji Mizoguchi, Robert Bresson, Jacques Tourneur, and Nicholas Ray. But the film, which begins with a slap to the face, is never less than a bracingly original stream of images and impressions: a nocturnal journey through a brittle forest; a burst of fireworks seen from the balcony of a ghostly hotel; a glittering fairground dream scored to a rhapsodic pop song. New 4K Digital Restoration

 

 

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