Sunday, 1 August 2010

O Fantasma

O Fantasma
In O Fantasma, directed by Joao Pedro Rodrigues, an emotionless young bin man meets strangers for increasingly rough sex (which is sometimes explicitly depicted). Because these encounters are so impersonal, and his dog is his main companion, the film contains very little dialogue. There are long stretches of silence, as the protagonist withdraws further into himself and becomes increasingly animalistic (as if he were Joseph Beuys performing I Love America & America Loves Me, or Oleg Kulik performing one of his Beuys tributes).

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