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I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You (2009)

Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque te Amo (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 25 March 2011 (USA)
A geologist is sent to an isolated region in the Northeast of Brazil to survey water sources, but begins to feel a a sense of abandonment and loneliness.

Directors:

Karim Aïnouz (as Karim Ainouz), Marcelo Gomes

Writers:

Karim Aïnouz (as Karim Ainouz), Marcelo Gomes
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Irandhir Santos
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A geologist is sent to an isolated region in the Northeast of Brazil to survey water sources, but begins to feel a a sense of abandonment and loneliness.

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Drama

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The footage on the movie was gathered by the directors in their own travel through the northeastern region of Brazil. See more »

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Referenced in Morte e Morte de Johnny Zombie (2011) See more »

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Intriguing concept let down by staid execution
11 April 2012 | by slaytonbourdonSee all my reviews

This unique Brazilian film tells a story in the first-person, through still photos, POV shots, flashbacks, cutaways that follow a subjective train of thought and an omnipresent voice-over. The plot details a geologist studying a remote region of Northern Brazil after a traumatic breakup with is girlfriend. At first we (and he) focus on the procedural element of his job but the desolate landscape begins to stir something inside of him and ultimately the structure of the film takes on a subjective fantasy-memory-reality dynamic.

The film is put together like a collage of memories and observations, and Irandhir Santos provides a tremendously evocative voice-over that exudes heartbreak and pain even if you don't speak Portuguese. But the 'road movie through the soul' structure never really finds anything to counterbalance its inherent repetitiveness and by 2/3 through this quite short film it becomes pretty exasperating to watch - plus the ending seems like a copout, a 'live-life-to-the-fullest' message that is far too pat for a story so deeply concerned with heartache.


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Country:

Brazil

Language:

Portuguese

Release Date:

25 March 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

I Travel Because I Have to, I Come Back Because I Love You See more »

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