Brazil, 73 min
Life never changes in a small rural village in Brazil, surrounded by mountains, isolated from the world and immersed in silence. The existence of human beings here is in total symbiosis with nature, reduced to the bare necessities. Births and deaths punctuate the slow passage of time. A contemplative and rigorous film peppered with magnificent images. A precise look at the heart of secular customs.
It is rare to see time and space taken into account in film as independent elements of representation and analysis of the world. They habitually form part of the story as a complement to the actions and words of the characters. They are the nameless, neutral background on which real or fictional scenarios take form. When a film carefully considers these two values, rather than a story, it does so by offering a philosophical musing. Showing the visible and the material in this context thus means referring to the invisible and the immaterial. Such is the case with Sopro, where transcendence emerges and permeates the film. The subject here is the intimate and profound sense of life, seen at a certain distance and through shots that immerse the fortunes of human beings into the unknowable logic of the world. Life never changes in a small rural village in Brazil, surrounded by mountains, isolated from the world and immersed in silence. Existence here is in total symbiosis with nature, pared down to bare necessities. Births and deaths punctuate the slow passage of time. Contemplation and rigour make the film, and thought nourishes it with its gentle strength.
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