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Albert Serra – Honor de cavalleria aka Honour of the knights (2006)

Matt Zoller Seitz (The New York Times) wrote:
Elmore Leonard once said that the key to telling an exciting story was leaving out the parts that people skip. The “Don Quixote” adaptation “Quxiotic/Honor de Cavalleria” is composed of little else.

In adapting Miguel de Cervantes’s novel about the senile would-be knight, Don Quixote (Lluís Carbó), and his sidekick, Sancho Panza (Lluís Serrat), the film’s writer and director, Albert Serra, favors landscape imagery and natural sounds over dialogue and music.

Quixote meanders in fields of tall grass, inspects trees, ignores flies crawling on his armor or stares off into the distance while Sancho sits patiently, awaiting orders. This film’s opening section observes Quixote waiting for Sancho to fix a piece of his armor, then asking Sancho to make him a laurel wreath.

This film is a virtual definition of the phrase “acquired taste.” But if you invest yourself in Mr. Serra’s vision, the film’s emotional payoffs are devastating. They include a moment in which Quixote advises Sancho to renew his strength through prayer, a scene in which the two stare up at the sky accompanied by a rare burst of mournful acoustic guitar music, and Quixote’s near-final summation of his beliefs, which could double as Mr. Serra’s artistic philosophy: “Chivalry is the reasoning of action.”

1.84GB | 1h 47mn | 1016×572 | mkv


Subtitles:English, Spanish, French


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