Sunday, 28 September 2008

VARIETY by Jay Weisseberg

Sleepwalking Land

Terra Sonambula (Portugal-Mozambique)



The unquantifiable toll of Mozambique's long civil war suffuses "Sleepwalking Land," an emotionally affecting tale-within-a-tale helmed and scripted by Brazilian-born Teresa Prata. 

Originating with the wanderings of a young boy and an older man before spinning into a story that adds layers of resonance, this long-gestating pic works as a parable for a society struggling to cope with its evisceration. While the simple, not simplistic, stories may try some viewers with their apparent naivete, this is a fine fest item deserving of further recognition.


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