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Directed by Pedro Costa • 2006 • France, Portugal, Switzerland
Many of the lost souls of OSSOS and IN VANDA'S ROOM return in the spectral landscape of COLOSSAL YOUTH, which brings to Pedro Costa's Fontainhas films a new theatrical, tragic grandeur. This time, Costa focuses on Ventura, an elderly immigrant from Cape Verde living in a low-cost housing complex in Lisbon, who has been abandoned by his wife and spends his days visiting his neighbors, whom he considers his "children." What results is a form of ghost story, a tale of derelict, dispossessed people living in the past and present at the same time, filmed by Costa with empathy and startling radiance.