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I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You: Film Festival

I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You

Viajo porque preciso, volto porque te amo, Brazil 2009, 75m
Directors: Marcelo Gomes, Karim Aïnouz
Festivals: Venice 2009

A road trip through the beautiful, semi-arid sertão of the Brazilian Northeast becomes a journey to the other side of personal desolation in this exquisite, ultimately resplendent film. José (unseen, but voiced with seductive musicality by Irandhir Santos) is a geologist analysing tectonics for a canal project that will eventually displace thousands of the inhabitants scattered through the inhospitable terrain.

His eye for remarkable geological formations gives way increasingly to wounding apprehension of anything in the landscape that speaks to his loneliness; pop songs on the car radio and the sentimental graffiti that gives the film its name pierce him to the core. Marcelo Gomes (Cinema, Aspirins and Vultures, NZIFF06) and Karim Aïnouz (Suely in the Sky, NZIFF07) have collaborated seamlessly to evoke their traveller's broken-hearted view of the world - while observing the vitality in it that gradually, triumphantly claims him back for love. - BG

In Portuguese with English subtitles