- Ossos is Pedro Costa’s third film, and first in the Fontainhas trilogy – the name of a destitute section of Lisbon.
- Costa largely uses a stationary camera (he has one very long tracking shot of the father walking down the street), deliberately paced—often objects or people will move into the frame—not the other way around
- The DP is Emmanuel Machuel who worked with Bresson on L’Argent and Costa, like Bresson, uses non-professional actors (and mostly throughout his work—aside from Down to Earth)
- Heavy realism in the themes- suicide and poverty— on paper it sounds like a Dardenne film (they are contemporaries)—we have a young dad left with an infant. But Costa isn’t really interested in the intricacies and moral decisions that have to be made to survive—he is more interested in tone, lighting, faces and location. Much of this is without dialogue- there are maybe 25 words in the first 20 minutes. No musical score—you can hear the neighbor’s music, lots of dogs barking
- Damp, darkly lit alleys, stairwells with graffiti
- Doors, windows (Renoir/Antonioni) and alleys (Ozu) are very important to Costa- a great shot at the 53-minute mark with the door open a splice like the final shot in The Irishman. A repeated shot of a door ajar as the character cleans the apartment
a great shot at the 53-minute mark with the door open a splice like the final shot in The Irishman
…and alleys are very important to Costa– on paper this sounds like a Dardenne film– but Costa is more interested in tone, location, lighting and faces
- A shot from Antonioni’s L’Eclisse as the two women are split by a pole dividing the frame
- Solemn—empty lifeless faces
- Another very nice shot at 79 minutes—three women split up by two sets of windows
Another very nice shot at 79 minutes—three women split up by two sets of windows
- Recommend but not in the top 10 of 1997
Yes! Finally! I’ve been waiting for the Costa study for long now. Very excited. What about the previous two films, you didn’t watch them or they don’t qualify as archivable ?
@Cinephile– haha yeah long overdue for me to get to some of these. I’m excited as well. I could not locate a good copy of Blood (1989). I think that’s it- I should be able to get to the rest (I’m not doing shorts and documentaries of course). I did catch Down to Earth (1994)– I have it just missing the archives
Have you seen the new TSPDT update?
@Azman- thanks or the heads up- just saw it. Looks interesting- just glancing it over but I’m going to miss the 1001-2000 ranking unless Bill decides to put that back up
I’m not seeing the top 1001-2000 either. The film I recommended to you (Cairo Station) has also fallen out of the top 1000.
The top 24000 something list is there under resources. You can check out all the films there too!
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