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: May 26, 2006
DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
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Wally Hammond
Time Out

You need a bit of patience with director Pedro Costa.

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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.

Dorothy Woodend
The Tyee (British Columbia)

There is a strange type of anonymity to this film, as if the personality behind the camera has utterly vanished, allowing what is depicted, to be genuinely seen, not just looked at.

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David Fear
Time Out

If you are able to slow down to Colossal Youth's deliberate rhythms, there's a strong chance you'll be dragged in by the film's undertow and resurface completely mesmerized.

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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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Derek Smith
Tiny Mix Tapes

Costa strikes at the core of what makes these people tick and the tragedy of their being ignored and abandoned by the government and general population.

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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.

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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