Date of publication: 2017-07-09 08:35
COLOSSAL YOUTH is the final film in Pedro Costa&rsquo s loose &ldquo Fountainhas trilogy,&rdquo for which he worked with and documented the inhabitants of a since-demolished slum on the outskirts of Lisbon. Like much of his work, it&rsquo s wandering and contradictory. Costa takes cues from Straub/Huillet and political cinema, but also makes grand gestures towards the later John Ford pictures, Jacques Tourneur, and the transcendental stylistics of Ozu and Dreyer. COLOSSAL YOUTH is a perfect example of the type of cinema only possible with digital video &ndash the film&rsquo s actor, Ventura, dictated much of the film&rsquo s form, Costa worked with an on-set crew of only two or three people, and the shooting ratio was allegedly nearly 755:6. &ndash Tyler Maxin
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PLOT : Three short stories exploring three perverted generations, beginning with an extremely horny soldier in the private service of a lieutenant. His illegitimate child grows up to become a sport eater on the Hungarian national squad. The grandchild is a socially inept taxidermist who cares for his grumpy, obese father and his caged cats.