Colossal Youth (Juventude Em Marcha)
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Colossal Youth (Juventude Em Marcha)
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; Costa shot two of his earlier films there, Bones and In Vanda's Room, but Portuguese authorities tore down the village to make room for a new construction project, and its people were relocated to Casal Boba, a housing project on the edge of Lisbon. Ventura was a native of Fontainhas who appeared in Bones; he and his wife, Clotilde (Isabel Cardoso),… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Beautifully photographed, the elliptical, often mysterious and wholly beguiling film Colossal Youth looks and sounds as if it were made on another planet."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"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."
‑ David Jenkins, Time Out
"[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."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Colossal Youth can best be described as a revelation... Costa abandons even the pretense of pseudo-documentary, instead transforming the quotidian into mythology."
‑ Christopher Long, Movie Metropolis
"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."
‑ Andrew O'Hehir,
"Costa's experimentation reaches an aesthetic peak."
‑ , Globe and Mail
"Pedro Costa's chronicle of poverty and loneliness is tough and demanding to watch but ultimately rewarding."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"It's impossible to describe as anything less than reverie."
‑ Chris Cabin,
"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."
‑ Nathan Lee, Village Voice
"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."
‑ Ray Bennett, Hollywood Reporter
"It's aesthetically pleasing, but lacks entertainment value."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A unique metaphysical vision that, tracing its characters' dislocation, seems to weave between alternate worlds as easily as it navigates from image to image."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
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