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Our Beloved Month of August(Aquele Querido Mês de Agosto)

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Portugal, France · 2008
2h 27m
Director Miguel Gomes
Starring Sónia Bandeira, Fábio Oliveira, Manuel Soares, Joaquim Carvalho
Genre Music, Romance

A docudrama set in the Portuguese mountain town of Arganil. The film weaves together documentary footage and fictional stories to create a strange yet ultimately moving portrayal of life and love in the Portuguese countryside.

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Time Out London by

Recalling the provocative docu-fictions of Abbas Kiarostami and Jia Zhangke, Our Beloved Month of August offers meta-textual manna for adventurous cinemagoers while remaining exhilaratingly true to its sunny, provincial roots.


Time Out by David Fear

Despite its creator’s puckish charm, the movie occasionally sputters and detours down dead ends. Still, the promise on display is impressive; consider the film a calling card from someone to keep a very close eye on.


Slant Magazine by Glenn Heath Jr.

Gomes contemplates the many human dimensions wavering under the surface of this town, whether it’s the mythologies crowding a town’s gossip session or the tall tales flooding rants at a local bar. This is a collective voice of character rather than a dry document of reality.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Transparently a movie about a group of filmmakers who attempt to possess a particular location, Our Beloved Month relaxes into a meditation on the mysteries of place, personality, and process.


The Guardian by Peter Bradshaw

Our ­Beloved Month Of August is a real one-off: ­eccentric and singular and ­cerebral: an arthouse event, yes, but also witty and emotionally engaged. I found myself thinking about it for days afterwards – and smiling a very great deal. Try it.


The New Yorker by Richard Brody

There’s neither pity nor sentimentality in Gomes’s populism; the highest strain of modern humanism faces up to the first person.


Variety by Rob Nelson

A tantalizing mix of documentary, fiction and everything in between (including music video), Miguel Gomes’ 150-minute love song to rural Portugal, Our Beloved Month of August, scores viscerally as well as intellectually.

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