The first film in Pedro Costa’s transformative trilogy about Fontainhas, an impoverished quarter of Lisbon, Ossos is a tale of young lives torn apart by desperation. After a suicidal teenage girl gives birth, she misguidedly entrusts her baby’s safety to the troubled, deadbeat father, whose violent actions take the viewer on a tour of the foreboding, crumbling shantytown in which they live. With its reserved, shadowy cinematography by Emmanuel Machuel (who collaborated with Bresson on L’argent), Ossos is a haunting look at a devastated community.
Ossos/Bones is Pedro Costa’s third feature film and signals the further shift of his work into the lives of migrant communities. After shooting Casa de Lava/Down to Earth (1995) in Cape Verde, where he used members of migrant communities as characters for the first time, and non-professional actors share the screen with the protagonist (Inês de Medeiros), Costa set his crew in the unchartered territory of the Fontainhas’ slum. Arriving there with messages from friends and relatives back in Cape Verde, Costa finds the residents as powerful and as neglected as those who had contributed to his previous film in the Cape: “These people have already been fooled by everything, by the land, by the ghosts, by the Portuguese. They can’t be fooled by cinema. I tried to respect the truth….”
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