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Loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's story of the same name, Marcelo Gomes and Cao Guimaraes, two of the most interesting filmmakers working in Brazil today, have crafted an elegant, parsimonious, and formally impeccable story of Juvenal, a lonely train driver in Belo Horizonte, and his encounter with Margo, a station controller. Emphasizing the theme of alienation in Poe's story and revealing Guimaraes's work as a visual artist, the two directors opted for an unusual, perfectly square aspect ratio, which intriguingly makes the film resemble a Polaroid. Juvenal and Margo, who each embody a different form of urban solitude, have been brought together in this beautifully composed ode to friendship.Written by
Brazilian city Belo Horizonte is the scene of a story about loneliness !!!!
Brazilian film "O Homem Das Multidões" is about a tram driver in Belo Horizonte. It describes a drab, almost dull life of a railroad worker named Juvenal who has chosen to maintain a sort of minimal contact with the outside world. The pace of the film is excruciatingly slow. There is hardly any scene whose presence is not justified to convey a harsh, unrelenting atmosphere of loneliness. For Brazilian directors Cao Guimaraes and Marcelo Gomes, the inspiration for the film arose from the sense of solitude an individual feels in a large metropolis. For this reason, they have aimed to use two archetypal reactions to a modern, industrial society to reflect on the process of isolation of the individual. This film defies an easy classification but it necessitates some extra efforts from viewers as it has shades of what can be termed as a 'festival film'. The richness of an aesthetic experience is conveyed through Ivo Lopes' cinematography as the film has been shot in the square format. It helps in converting this tale of loneliness into a series of artworks which combine the retro appeal of a Polaroid with the feel of a modern digital display.
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