FOLLOWING A MYSTIFYING prologue, art house romance drama »Tabu« is split into two sections: »Paradise Lost«, set in present-day Lisbon, and »Paradise«, set in an African foothill in the 1960’s. The narrative switches from a tale about adult regrets to a story about love at the cost of others in a bourgeois world.

SHOT IN BLACK and white 16mm and without dialogue except for the poetically scripted voice-over, the second melodramatic »Paradise« embodies mesmerizing intensity. As a period piece that reverts to old formats and genres, exhibiting the strong vintage trends in cinema today.

SET AGAINST A colonial backdrop, »Tabu« conveys both a universal critique of colonization and a playful satire of the narcissistic canonization of western culture based on memories and recollections. Switching from the ironic to the incriminating, the film surprises viewers with a dry blend of humor and seriousness. Following his 2008 meditative docudrama »Our Beloved Month of August«, »Tabu« establishes Miguel Gomes as one the most originally crafted European filmmakers of today.

JON ASP

Tabu poster
Title
Tabu
Director
Miguel Gomes
Country
Portugal, Gremany, Brazil, France
Length
118 min
Festival
2012
Section
Competition
Language
Portugese
Subtitle
English
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2012
Cast
Teresa Madruga, Laura Soveral and Ana Moreira
Producer
Sandro Aguilar, Luís Urbando
Script
Miguel Gomes

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