Fados (2009)

Focuses on fado, a type of music that can be traced back to 1820's Portugal. Through a series of musical vignettes, we journey through the history of fado, studying its various styles and permutations as it absorbs Brazilian and African… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 6, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 20, 2009
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Even those unfamiliar with the Portuguese soul music at the heart of Carlos Saura's film will find it a beautifully enchanting work of cinema.

Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The effect is a coldly theatrical counterpoint to the hot-blooded sentiments. MORE REVIEWS bullet See an archive of recent movie reviews bullet Joe's Movie Lounge blog bullet Reel Time forum bullet Movie showtimes bullet Movie theaters

Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

[Director] Saura's personal love of fado goes back to his youth, and Fados reflects what is clearly his deeply imaginative, inner relationship with the genre's songs about loss, shifting hopes and elusive happiness.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Celebrates fados, Portugal's traditional music.

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Jonathan Curiel
San Francisco Chronicle

For those who've never before heard fado, Fados will be a revelation -- a window into a music that (like blues music) can be poetic, heartbreaking, melodramatic and redemptive, all at the same time.

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Dan Kois
Washington Post

That you very likely know nothing about who those legends are concerns Saura not at all; made for aficionados, Fados is virtually context-free.

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Emanuel Levy

The third segment in Carlos Saura's musical trilogy that also includes Flamenco and Tango.

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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Never is his film less than cinematic.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

In total, there are more than a dozen performance pieces, all stylishly lensed.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

If you're disquieted by something in your life, 88 minutes with this collection of Fados will calm your innermost travails, guaranteed.

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