After his wife's death, Fernando becomes a quiet and introspective man who raises his son, Daniel by himself. Every night, while the boy sleeps, Fernando "revives" his wife by touching her clothes and organizing her personal belongings.
Fernando Alves Pinto,
There's a murky tenuous balance between reality and fiction; particularly when it involves a beautiful young woman, murder, a powerful politico, a missing fortune and suicide. A passionate filmmaker creating a film based upon a true crime casts an unknown mysterious young woman bearing a disturbing resemblance to the femme fatale in the story. Unsuspectingly, he finds himself drawn into a complex web of haunting intrigue, obsessed with the woman, the crime, her possibly notorious past and the disturbing complexity between art and truth. From the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina to Verona, Rome and London, new truths are revealed and clues to other crimes and passions, darker and even more complex are uncovered. Written by
Intriguing movie about the making of a movie about a crime
I may have to revise and extend these comments if I get a chance to watch this one again. It demands a second viewing and a pause button while one jots down thoughts about what is going on. The movie appears to be well thought out, but establishing that and getting in tune with the thinking behind it takes several viewings. I don't feel like watching it again right now.
It's a decent enough movie with a few oddities that probably mean something but are not obvious right away. For example, there is a scene where inordinate time is taken in which the actress ties her shoes. The meaning of this is apparent some time later when we see a little girl tying her shoes. This establishes a connection of identity. The initial hair drying scene probably connects too, but I'm not sure with what.
At any rate, the story is something like "The Stunt Man" in being about a movie being made and the director becoming involved with a crime indirectly by taking in a fugitive as a stunt man. In "Road to Nowhere", the director casts a woman in the lead who it seems may have been directly involved in a crime. She then seems to be playing herself, because the film being shot is about that very crime. Much of this film shows behind-the-scenes goings-on as the movie is being made.
Connecting the movie to the previous crime also is an insurance investigator who investigated that crime. He has become a consultant on the making of the film.
To meld reality and movie-making further, the violent climax of "Road to Nowhere" involves a new crime that involves those making the movie. In that way, it's "real".
Additionally, the director making the movie is not sure what the actual crime was that occurred and that he is making a film about. He makes changes as he goes along, not following a set script. Directors sometimes do this; Italian directors are famous for this. Because he's unsure, he considers various alternatives. The insurance investigator is unsure too.
I found the overall result reasonably engaging. Comprehending it more fully will take another watch.
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