How many members of a family get dragged into the web of the political police on the arrest of a single political prisoner? How do you give form to someone who disappeared without having ...
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How many members of a family get dragged into the web of the political police on the arrest of a single political prisoner? How do you give form to someone who disappeared without having had a historical existence? Taking as its starting point the photographs taken by the Portuguese political police during the Salazar dictatorship and testimonies from those close to an assassinated communist activist, Luz Obscura invents a form that reveals how an authoritarian system operates within the family intimacy and recreates the feeling of a family's broken identity.
It reminded me a lot of The Handmaid Tale fiction as I was seeing it, although it's telling real stories and probably it's more similar to Saramago's novel: "Levantado do Chão". It's powerful and very emotional. I had seen 48 from the same director before. But I liked this one even more. It touched me more. It's more personal. It's like a zoom on a particular drama of a single family (from grandparents to grand kids), and from there we can only imagine the horrors that other families too had suffered at the fascists hands.
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