My attempt to document the movies that came out of my country, in an effort to get in touch with…
Estrada de Palha
This is the story of a man who after living over ten years isolated away from his country, returns to avenge His brother's death. Inspired by the writings of David Henry Thoreau, he is translating 'Civil Disobedience' into Portuguese. The action is set between 1908 and 1910, between the assassination of the Portuguese King and Prince and the creation of the Portuguese Republic, an era where anarchists who fight against the monarchy often cross the path of burglars. On a country where corruption is set, the state representatives try to rob, arrest and kill innocents. The main character faces the tyranny of the state and tries to save the rest of his family. But this is a country where nothing changes.
AKA "The Hay Road"
Found it rather hard to find a real Portuguese film, everytime I thought I had one it turned out to be from Brazil.
It came down to either this or Tabu and I'd heard bad things about that.
This film is extremely slow out of the blocks, very little indeed happens or is even said for the first 30 mins or so but once it does get going and the reasons for the main character's journey start to unfold you do find yourself getting involved and wanting to see where it's going to go.
The film itself is very watchable and is set in some beautiful locations with some lovely camera work and music well matched…
Awesome cinematography, nice soundtrack. Very weak plot.
Saw it with Rita Redshoes and Tigerman doing the soundtrack live on the cinema room. It was amazing, I wish I could watch every movie in the world like that.