Colossal Youth (Juventude Em Marcha)
Colossal Youth (Juventude Em Marcha) (2006)

Portuguese filmmaker Pedro Costa offers a long and richly detailed look at his nation's poor and needy in this affecting blend of drama and documentary. Fontainhas was a community in Lisbon primarily populated by exiles from Cape Verde;… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Genre: Drama
Release Date: March 30, 2010
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times

Beautifully photographed, the elliptical, often mysterious and wholly beguiling film Colossal Youth looks and sounds as if it were made on another planet.

David Jenkins
Time Out

It's a challenging 155 minutes, but it's a film that you can easily drift too and from while retaining a clear sense of place, person and purpose.

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Brandon Judell
Huffington Post

If you're not already a fan of Costa by now, joyfully mainlining on his existential aesthetic, you better sidestep this one.

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Andrew O'Hehir

Eventually, across the monumental boredom, mesmerizing, nearly still images and poetic rhythms of this 155-minute film, something like pathos or meaning can be sensed, if not really apprehended.

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Globe and Mail

Costa's experimentation reaches an aesthetic peak.

Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] How human beings learn from history in the face of unending injustice, or retain their dignity when everything is taken from them, are just a couple of the titanic issues Pedro Costa grapples with.

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Nathan Lee
Village Voice

Rather than impose actors on the scene, Costa involves the people who already live there. Instead of training them to perform a story, he locates a skeletal narrative from a rehearsal process based on their personal stories.

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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter

Colossal Youth (Juventude em Marcha), has some arresting images and an interesting central character but its lack of narrative pace will exhaust the patience of most audiences.

Emanuel Levy

Pedro Costa's chronicle of poverty and loneliness is tough and demanding to watch but ultimately rewarding.

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