Each citizen of Jotuomba plays an integral role in village life. Madalena is responsible for baking bread; each morning she stacks her rolls as Antonio prepares the coffee. The two share a ...
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Each citizen of Jotuomba plays an integral role in village life. Madalena is responsible for baking bread; each morning she stacks her rolls as Antonio prepares the coffee. The two share a morning ritual of arguments and insults, followed by an amicable cup of coffee on the bench outside Antonio's shop. At midday the church bells ring, summoning the villagers to mass. In the early evening, they all share a meal together. And so life proceeds in Jotuomba, the days languidly drifting into one another. The only variations seem to be in the weather. One day Rita arrives looking for a place to stay. She came upon the village while traveling through the valley, following the unused railroad tracks. She is a photographer, intent on capturing the village's special allure. Initially reticent, the townsfolk gradually open up to her, sharing their stories and allowing themselves to be photographed. Rita is comfortable with technologies old and new, and Madalena teaches her to knead dough by the ...Written by
The taste of a properly made cup of coffee; the smell of freshly baked bread; the noontide mass, the common evening meal: every day seems the same in this small Portuguese village. Even the amiable arguments are the same, and take place at the same time each day. One day photographer Lisa Fávero comes to town. Why does this place evene xst? What keeps these people here? Is it simple inertia, laziness?
I've been looking at the WOMEN MAKE FILM movies on Turner Classic Movies, and this is the second Portuguese movie in the series that considers the same points and comes to the same conclusions. I've only seen about twenty Portuguese movies, but this hardly seems a coincidence. Does this theme interest women more than men? Is it simply one that hadn't been considered before? Is there a genre of these films I haven't encountered?
All interesting questions, which have little to do with this film, which is relaxed, beautiful to look at, and offers a definite answer to the questions it raises.
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