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Costa da morte (2013)

Costa da Morte is a region in Galicia (Spain), which was considered as the end of the world during the Roman period. Its dramatic name comes from the numerous shipwrecks that happened along... See full summary »

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Costa da Morte is a region in Galicia (Spain), which was considered as the end of the world during the Roman period. Its dramatic name comes from the numerous shipwrecks that happened along history in this area made of rocks, mist and storms. We cross this land observing the people who inhabit it, fishermen, gatherers of shellfish, loggers... We witness traditional craftsmen who maintain both an intimate relationship and an antagonistic battle with the vastness of this territory. The wind, the stones, the sea, the fire, are characters in this film, and through them we approach the mystery of the landscape, understanding it as a unified ensemble with man, his history and legends. Written by Anonymous

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Moving leisurely through Galicia
13 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Imagine five minutes of HD surveillance footage of matchstick pines being cut down in a fog- bound forest and you've established the languid pace for "Coast of Death." The film comprises many such protracted shots of not much going on. Some of the photography is artful; most is not. There is no narration to tell one what one is seeing but some scenes are accompanied by conversational dialog, seemingly recorded at a distance from the subjects in the scene, which says nothing of any substance. This visual montage of Galicia, the northwest corner of Spain, reminded me a bit of a narration-free Joseph Losey flick I saw years ago called "Figures in a Landscape," but that one at least had a Kafkaesque pot tying it together. Not to put too fine a point on it, "Coast..." has none.

Although it is obviously intended to be an homage to the Galician coast, even Gallego nationalists would probably find it tedious. There is some pretty interesting footage, if one only knew where it was and why it was included.

At its showing in the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival, probably 10% of the audience walked before it was even half over.


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