The Blood

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Films of Pedro CostaFilms of Pedro Costa

The Blood

  1. Friday, October 7, 2011 9:30 p.m.
The Blood

In Pedro Costa’s first feature film, two teenagers and a young schoolteacher flee a malicious uncle and his gang of criminals. In an attempt to keep a secret, they decide to separate. Their separation introduces us to the soonto-be-familiar Costa trademarks: isolation, the trauma of displacement, absent parents, and surrogate families. Shot in haunting black and white, we are reminded of many early B pictures. If we look back to classical American cinema we find that same secret alliances that existed among Nicholas Ray’s young rebels, but these teenagers are not really rebels—they are merely thrust into bad situations. (35mm. 95 min. Not rated. Portuguese language with English subtitles.)

To read an article on Pedro Costa from Bloomington residents Jeanette Samyn and Jonathan Kyle Sturgeon from n+1 (2010), click here.