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Fados (2009)



Critic 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.

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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 influences.

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June 11, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/4

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.

June 5, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Never is his film less than cinematic.

May 21, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

[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.

April 23, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4

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

April 9, 2009 | Full Review…

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

March 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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