ARABIAN NIGHTS: VOLUME 2, THE DESOLATE ONE (AS MIL E UMA NOITES: VOLUME 2. O DESOLADO) (2015) by Miguel Gomes
“It’s a love story very messed-up”
“Arabian Nights: volumen 2. The desolate one, is the second part of the trilogy that Miguel Gomes started to show up the different problems that suffered the portuguese society between 2013 and 2014.
If the first volumen highlighted the difficulties lower and middle class went through (polítical manipulation, unemployment, heartbreaks oder neighbor’s complains), in this second volumen the topics are more complex, more transcendental.
This time, Sherezade tells three short tales. The first one speaks about a man that is an outlaw, the second one is a rare trial, and the third one is the story about a dog whose owner change.
And, as Sherezade tells this “tales”, she would ask herself some questions about them: where’s the limit between right and wrong?, how can you be completely fair applying justice?, is life in fact a closed circle that ends where it beginned?
About this second part of “Arabian Nights” I can tell that I think I may have identified better the leitmotif of the stories than in the first volumen. Even though, there are some elements I can’t totally understand, so maybe for this reason I can’t help but dislike this trilogy. I don’t understand it and I can get the message.
Nonetheless I can’t deny that technically is a good film, the montage is good and I liked the colours in scene. Besides, the most distinctive aspect of the films is its originality, and that’s hard to find nowadays, so that’s a good point.
It would ben ice that the third volumen spoke about topics even more transcendental, as it seems that then the director it’s better expressing himself. It’s said “third time lucky”, let’s see if this works in this case.
Traducido por: Irene Subiela.